When it comes to mobility aids, it's safe to say that one size doesn't fit all. What will work for some might not work for the next person. To top it off, your loved one might need some convincing before they agree to actually use a mobility aid.
It's best to avoid an aggressive approach that might belittle or question their abilities. Instead, explain it to them in a way that will empower them. Convincing them might pose a challenge but here are 5 tips that can help.
Tip #1: Highlight the Increase in Independence
If there's one thing we all want, it's independence. The older we get the more we have to rely on others for our day to day needs. If your loved one is struggling to move around, suggest a cane or a walker and emphasise the fact that they'll retain more independence by using it.
Tip #2: Suggest Other Options
If the general wellbeing and safety of your elderly loved one is compromised due to mobility challenges, suggest other options like assisted living or in-home care - without sounding threatening. Sometimes when faced with all the options, even the ones that are less desirable, they settle for the options suggested initially.
Tip #3: Let Them Choose
Whatever you do, don't make decisions on their behalf. Give them the options and let them make the final decision of which one to use. This way they will take ownership instead of feeling like their kids made them use it.
Tip #4: Do a Trial Run Before They Commit
If they're not completely convinced, don't just let it go and don't force them to do anything. Ask them to do a trial run to see if a mobility aid won't make their life easier. Chances are, you'll have a positive outcome after a day or two.
Tip #5: Get Guidance from a Professional
Not sure which mobility aid will work best for your elderly loved one? The team at CareChamp can give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Compared to assisted living costs or in-home care, mobility aids are quite affordable and perfectly fine if your loved one is healthy but not completely mobile. Visit our online shop to view our range of mobility aids or give us a call for more information.