8 Useful Mobility Aids for Seniors with Disabilities – Showerbuddy

8 Useful Mobility Aids for Seniors with Disabilities

8 Useful Mobility Aids for Seniors with Disabilities

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Mobility aids make the lives of millions of seniors better every day. As technology progresses, these aids become even more effective. It can be a real challenge getting through the day with mobility challenges, especially for an elderly couple where both may be experiencing a loss in motor skills and strength. In this article we’re going to explore some of the more popular mobility aids that seniors with disabilities can benefit from.


One of the more ubiquitous mobility aids around the world is the walker or rollator. This equipment provides steady support to elderly users who may still be able to walk but need a bit of help in doing so. Walkers come in a variety of configurations. These include four-legged walkers that don’t have wheels – a bit harder to manoeuvre but quite stable. Also available are wheeled walkers that have wheels on the front to enable easier movement.
A rollator has 4 wheels that make it even easier to move around, although there’s arguably a bit less stability for someone that doesn’t have a certain degree of control over the equipment. Many rollators have a seat and backrest that allows them to be used by a loved one or carer with the user seated if required. Rollators without a good brake system should be avoided for safety reasons. Often an elderly user can find their stability is reduced. When a rollator is used the risk of the rollator “running away” from the user can be high. Hand brakes should be ‘auto-on’ when the user is not squeezing the release handle.

Mobility scooters

Mobility scooters are increasingly popular with elderly households, providing excellent independence without having to maintain a drivers licence necessarily. Mobility scooters are electric, ride-on vehicles that offer comfortable support and safe speed to use on the pavement.

We think it’s really important for elderly households to maintain their freedom of mobility as much as possible and mobility scooters are excellent for this purpose. There is one downside of course and that’s the cost – typically mobility scooters are well into the thousands of dollars. While some funding may be available in parts of the world, typically a mobility scooter is considered a cost the individual or their family would incur.

Do your homework on mobility scooters and make sure you invest in a model that works for the needs of the user. Online reviews can be a really helpful tool to gauge the long term owner experience. As with anything, a lower cost scooter may not come with the comfort settings so often needed by the user, especially if negotiating local footpaths and car crossings!


Wheelchairs aren’t just for the injured or paralysed – having a wheelchair in the house can be really beneficial for elderly individuals that need to reduce the demands on their body of walking everywhere. For many elderly households, a wheelchair is available to use for holidays or day trips, but otherwise packed away in storage.
Depending on the nature of the mobility impairment, and which health system you’re in, there’s a possibility that a wheelchair could be on long term loan, funded. Alternatively wheelchairs are such a popular category of assistive equipment that you can purchase them for reasonable prices. Take a look at mobility equipment retailers near you for an idea of what the costs are – it could be worth it if it’s going to be used a lot.


Reaching for items hung up or placed out of reach might not sound like a major issue, but for a senior citizen with reduced strength and coordination it can actually present a big hazard. A grabber is an easy-to-handle stick with a pincer on the end and lever at the end you hold, with minimal effort, the grabber’s pincer can clamp down on an item that may otherwise be hard to get at. Some caution is advised – make sure you read the manufacturer information about what the equipment is and isn’t designed to do.
Another important thing to do in a home occupied by elderly people is to ensure that items are close within reach and no heavy items are high up on shelves that would cause injury if they fell off onto someone. Ideally all regularly used items should be within reach without needing to reach too high or low down.

Electric kitchen tools

Preparing meals is a common area of everyday living that can present some issues for seniors losing dexterity and mobility – especially those who’re passionate about cooking independently. If the challenge exists around preparing and opening, there are good electric-powered alternatives that can be used. One common example is the electric can opener. These kitchen counter appliances hold a can and perform a clean cut around the lid, offering easy access to ingredients without mess or cuts.
Another hazardous activity in the kitchen for a senior is cutting. Handling sharp knives can spell disaster without proper grip and control. An electric dicer or chopper tool is a great companion to any senior household. The options are near endless, with some appliances managing chopping, blending and processing all in one. Do your research online for a solution that suits – these will be available at any homewares retailer.


Placing safety ramps around all the exits of the home is a smart, safe decision. Any edges for a mobility impaired person can become an inconvenient obstacle at best, and a life-endangering hazard during an emergency at worst.
Even if it’s physically possible for senior occupants to clear door thresholds slowly, the seconds saved by a ramp that accommodates mobility equipment like wheelchairs and walkers is well worth considering. Like other accessibility equipment, you may find there are funding options available. Regardless, ramps are fairly simple designs and the price point is accessible for most. You may want to consider getting a home assessment done by an occupational therapist who can suggest the right equipment and installation.


When mobility is a problem, a single level home is probably the best option. But we understand that it’s not often a choice with senior citizens often living in an apartment, townhouse or even an old family home that is 2 storey but has become less conducive to elderly mobility.
If stairs are part of the property (outside the home or inside) a stair lift may be a good safety measure to install. Note however these are expensive to buy and install – so they aren’t what you might call a universal mobility solution.

Shower and bath chairs

The bathroom is arguably the most challenging part of the home when movement becomes an issue. Statistically most falls in the home happen in the bathroom. The wet, slippery surfaces, hard edges and layout isn’t always the best for someone with mobility impairments. It’s quite popular to install individual assistive devices like a toilet riser, grab bars, transfer bench and shower seat. The problem with these is the combined cost gets up there, and the quality of these leaves a bit to be desired. They also don’t eliminate the need for personal coordination or strength to use.
It’s these bathroom challenges and the lack of cohesive solutions that drove Showerbuddy to develop our complete bathroom mobility solution. Our range contains bathroom chairs that manage transfer into the tub or shower, toilet use, and bathing seat all in one system. From our Roll-In Range that wheels and locks securely into the base of an open shower to the SB2T TubBuddy Tilt that completely clears the user over a bath edge, our range has something for everyone – and almost any bathroom imaginable.


If you or your family member is a senior with mobility challenges, we’d suggest looking into a shower chair solution like Showerbuddy.

Learn more about Showerbuddy

Showerbuddy provides a range of transfer systems that fit most bathrooms around the world. Our system allows comfortable, sturdy movement around the bathroom to conduct your daily routine. Thanks to the smart design, users are afforded more independence and dignity in the bathroom. You can learn more about Showerbuddy or, get in touch with our team to arrange a demo with your nearest distributor.

The information in this article is intended as general information only and is not a replacement for official health guidance by your local medical providers. Please always consult an occupational therapist and/or local healthcare for more specific guidance.