The ability to get from here . . . to there . . . is practically the definition of independence. And Allegro offers hundreds of ways to get there, regardless of your ability. Just take a look at our large selection of canes, walkers, rollators, wheelchairs and mobility scooters!
Choosing the right mobility equipment is important for your health and safety. Read the product descriptions carefully so that you understand the capacities, dimensions and benefits of each product. Your physical capabilities must also be considered when choosing the right mobility equipment. Your doctor, caregiver or health care professional can help recommend the best type of equipment for your current and future mobility needs. When it comes to getting around, Allegro is sure to have exactly what you need.
TYPES of MOBILITY AIDS
Canes can be used for balance (single tip) or to bear your full weight (quad). The top of the cane should be at the same level as the crease on the back side of your wrist with your arms at your side. Measure the distance from your wrist to the floor, with shoes on. Review this MayClinic.com Slideshow: How to choose and use a cane for more information.
Already have a cane? How about attaching a Cane Ice Grip this winter?
Crutches are fitted according to your height. When you stand, your elbows should bend slightly at about 20 degrees, with your hand grips even with your hip joint. You should be able to fully extend your elbow with each step forward.
Get going with with an electric mobility scooter! These battery powered vehicles are full of options and can be a great alternative to a wheelchair for those with limited mobility but good manual dexterity.
Read these Mobility Buyers Guides first:
3 Wheel Mobility Scooters
4 Wheel Mobility Scooters
For balance, or if you are at risk for falling, a walker may be the perfect choice. Rule of thumb: A standard walker without wheels is most stable. Walkers with wheels may get you around faster, though, because you can put your weight on the walker as you move. Rollators, or 4-wheeled walkers really keep you moving. Review this MayoClinic.Com Slide Show: How to choose and use a walker for more info.
Rollator/Transport Chair Combo
Choosing a wheelchair, except the most basic models or transport chairs, requires help from a nurse, doctor or therapist. Once you’ve determined your requirements as to special features, type of wheelchair, back height, width, weight and support you need, it’s a matter of choosing the style that suits you.
Heavy Duty Wheelchairs
Standard Weight Wheelchairs
Transport and Specialty Wheelchairs
Ultra Lightweight Wheelchairs
Other mobility categories that may be helpful are Ramps, Transfer Boards and Bath Safety Transfer Benches.
Another Independence Helper. . .
Beasy Board Trans Easy Transfer System – Wheelchair users, this portable transfer board can greatly improve your independence, especially if you have difficulty getting in and out of an automobile. Don’t leave home without it! See also the Beasy Board Glyder
Need more help? Feel free to call us at 1-800-861-3211 to consult with a mobility specialist! Thanks for your business. We appreciate it.
Diminished mobility, temporary or otherwise, can be a real show stopper when it comes to your independence. The reality is, you don’t need to miss another minute of your life because of mobility issues. Just ask any of the millions of wheelchair, mobility scooter, walker and cane users worldwide.
With the large range of mobility products available today, it would be a shame for anyone capable of using them to sit idly by. Let Allegro help you take control of your life, reduce your pain, improve your safety and lessen your dependence on others with a mobility device.
Which Mobility Equipment is Best for You?
Canes – Canes are most often used to improve your balance as you walk, or to compensate for an injury or disability. No longer whittled out of any old tree branch, walking canes have come a long way in their engineering, usability and comfort.
Your cane should be long enough that you don’t have to bend down to use it (save your back!). You’ll want your elbow to bend at a comfortable angle. Measure from the floor to the crease in your wrist when your arm is hanging straight down from your side. That is the optimal height for the top of the cane.
Stock up on rubber tips so you’ll always have replacements on hand. Check the cane’s weight capacity to ensure it can support your weight. Choose from Standard C Canes (min support, best if used for balance), Specialty Canes, 4-legged Quad Canes (weight bearing) and Hemi Walkers (max support) depending on your stability. Remember when walking with a cane, you hold the cane in the hand opposite of your injured or weak foot. It is used as a counter-balance, not a foot replacement.
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Walkers – If you are ambulatory, but you have poor balance or are at risk for falling you are a good candidate for a walker. If you are extremely wobbly, you will want to consider a Standard Walker (no wheels) because of their stability, but keep in mind that they are not as easy to push forward as a two-wheeled walker or a 4-wheeled rollator.
2-Wheeled Walkers let you put weight on the walker as you move. The two back legs have no wheels so the walker won’t roll away while you’re stepping forward, but the wheeled front legs allow you to easily move the walker forward. Brilliant.
If balance isn’t a concern, you’ll move along more quickly with a 4-wheeled walker also called a Rollator. My 96-year old grandmother loves her rollator because it has hand brakes, a seat and a basket . . . and it looks snazzy. Make a fashion statement, dontate to a great charity and support breast cancer awareness by choosing a pink rollator!
Knee Walkers are for those with foot/ankle injuries or surgeries. A great substitute for crutches, a knee walker lets you get around without putting any weight on your foot. We recommend the ones with turning wheels (steerable).
Check the Specialty Walkers category if you’re looking for a child’s gait trainer, a bariatric walker, hemi walker, transport chair/rollator combos and specialty parts.
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Wheelchairs - Before choosing a wheelchair you must review your goals, lifestyle, current and future needs, living environment, how you will use the wheelchair, whether you will drive a car or transport the chair as a passenger. This evaluation process will help you decide which type(s) of chair will work for you.
For passengers weighing more than 250 lbs, take a look at the manual Heavy Duty Wheelchairs as they are built to hold more weight than a Standard Weight Wheelchair.
Lightweight Wheelchairs are easy to maneuver (reduces upper body stress) and to lift for transport. The frames and components are made of aluminum or titanium so they are very strong, but light. The only drawback may be the passenger weight capacity, so be sure to check. Ultra Lightweight Wheelchairs offer the ultimate freedom and are great for active paraplegic and quadriplegic users.
Many active manual wheelchair users participate in sports using a Sports Chair, designed with cambered wheels and light, tough frames for ultimate contact and maneuverablility on the baskeball or tennis court. If you’re up for the challenge, check out the racing wheelchairs as well.
Transport chairs are a good choice for those who cannot roll themselves in a manual chair. The transport wheelchairs have handles on the back allowing someone to push the passenger. They are a wonderful solution for transporting someone out of the house, to the car, down the hall, around the zoo, through the airport, etc. See all transport chairs, along with pool wheelchairs, transport/rollator combos, beach wheelchairs and travel chairs in Transport/Specialty Chairs.
Power Wheelchairs may be the perfect solution for those who are completely incapable of rolling even a lightweight manual wheelchair. They generally have a tight turning radius so they can get in and out of small spaces. On the flip side, they are generally very heavy and difficult to transport.
Lift and transport your wheelchair (up to 100 lbs) on your trailer hitch with a Wheelchair Carrier.
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Mobility Scooters - For those with limited mobility, poor upper body strength but good manual dexterity, an electric mobility scooter (power scooter) is a fun alternative to a wheelchair. They travel on battery power and have lots of options – which means they demand special consideration when purchasing.
Choose from 3 Wheel Mobility Scooters or 4 Wheel Mobility Scooters, but first please read these helpful buyers guides:
Mobility Scooter Buyers Guides
Whether it is a cane, walker, manual wheelchair, power chair or mobility scooter, we wish you all the best in maintaining your independence and living life to the fullest.
Allegro has mobility experts ready to assist you in choosing your mobility equipment. Please feel free to call our customer service department, toll free at 1-800-861-3211.