It used to be that having a disability, or getting to that stage where you needed a bit of extra help with everyday tasks, was something to be embarrassed of. Wheelchairs were scary looking contraptions that evoked feelings of pity in those passing by. A stair lift was something that almost bordered on ridiculous, or reminded us of Phoenix nights. And all those other aids just reminded us of care homes and made us feel generally uncomfortable.
Shops and websites that sell mobility equipment no longer look clinical or border on evoking feelings of depression. Instead they are designed to make the consumer, or those shopping for them excited at the variety and choice of products available. There is so much more choice on offer as well as there are now several companies that make and produce it, allowing for good prices and quality competition.
It’s not just for walking, bathing, or using the toilet. Mobility stores carry a huge range of equipment for a whole range of challenges people face. There is even a tool that helps women put a bra on one handed as well as gardening tools that allow people to keep up with their hobby, and special blow dryers and combs for people to do their hair with.
For any physical challenge out there, something can be found to make life easier. It’s amazing all the everyday tasks that require two hands, and all the tools designed to get around this for people who only have the use of one hand. Things like cutting boards, bottle openers, and tin openers.
Even if you are not disabled, or just have a few minor strains that make simple tasks more of a struggle, you may be able to find something very useful from a mobility shop. The target market for mobility equipment is expanding to include more and more people, making life easier for people who would never have realized such products were out there.