When choosing to purchase a mobility aid or related item it is important to consider some questions in order to find the product most suitable for the user’s needs.
Not all products are the same. Many products can look similar but be wary of unproven or untested products which could pose a potential risk to the user. The Mobility Store only stocks proven and trusted brands and importantly, where possible, products which have been tested to conform with Australian standards.
Remember - if you buy quality you should only need to buy it once.
How long do you expect to be using the device? If you will only need your device for a short period of time, or only intend to use the device as a backup when you become fatigued, look for a device that can be easily stored and transported. Also consider HIRING from The Mobility Store's wide range of quality hire items.
Note: Consider how easy it is to move your aid in and out of vehicles, and whether the device will be easily accessible when you need it.
On the other hand, if you expect to be using your aid regularly for months or years, then your priorities should be factors like ease-of-use, comfort, and the autonomy the device provides. If you expect to be physically active, you will also want to make sure you find a device that is durable and allows the maximum possible range of movement.Ease of Use
For all users, but particularly for elderly users and for users with muscular weakness, you should make sure you consider the weight and dimensions of the device you are purchasing. Make sure your choice will be easily moveable, and that you are fit and strong enough to operate your device. Especially if you intend to use the device for extended periods of time, be sure that doing so won’t cause you excessive fatigue. Even if you yourself do not need to lift your device, it may still need to be lifted into vehicles or storage spaces, so consider if this will affect your final decision.Sizing and Adjustment
Many devices sold at The Mobility Store are either adjustable or come in multiple sizes. Using a device that is not the right size for you can be difficult and may even lead to injury, so ensure your device is correctly sized and adjusted for your body. If you need help with this, be sure to speak to your medical professional or to The Mobility Store staff.Professional Advice
Importantly, listen to any advice given to you by healthcare professionals, and do not go against advice you have been given by them. If you have been given conflicting advice regarding a mobility aid or any other product we sell, seek clarification before making decisions. The Mobility Store is happy to put you in touch with a relevant healthcare professional.
For more information to help with product selection click on any of the following Buying Guides.