When you think about what your future will look like, most people probably don’t think much about having an accessibility challenge. If you or a loved one struggles with mobility impairment, you know how difficult it can be to keep your independence. Even if you don’t have impairment now, the US Census Bureau reports that nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older have at least one disability. At some point, it’s a near certainty that you or a loved one will face accessibility impairment.

An Expert on your Side

The world of mobility assistance is vast and complex. Mobility assistance devices are not “one-size-fits-all.” The cane or walker that works for one individual could hamper someone else. That’s why it’s so important to have an expert on your side. A qualified home mobility expert can evaluate your situation and recommend the solutions that will work the best for you.

How do you find the right mobility expert? Here are five characteristics to look for:

  1. Demonstrated Expertise

Anyone who has been in the mobility business for very long should have satisfied customers who can vouch for their work. Don’t be afraid to ask for references.

  1. Recommends the Right Products

People with mobility impairments have individual needs. For instance, a mobility expert that only sells wheelchair vans may recommend that every client buys a van. You need an expert who will recommend what you need, not just what they sell.

  1. Puts your Needs First

A good mobility expert won’t make recommendations without evaluating your situation. This usually means a visit to your home. Don’t trust an expert that doesn’t put your needs first.

  1. Sensitive to Costs

Like all medical equipment, the cost of accessibility equipment can be a shock. The right mobility expert will understand this and offer options that fit different price ranges.

  1. Offers Alternatives

Finally, mobility experts should be aware of insurance, assistance programs, and grants to help you get the equipment you need without breaking the bank. Any qualified mobility expert should be prepared to discuss funding sources with you.

If you or a loved one are having difficulty getting around your home, a qualified home mobility expert can recommend and help you get the equipment to help you live independently in your home. We are Coulee Region Mobility. Our goal is to help families find the right solutions for their unique accessibility needs. Contact us today to discuss your needs with one of our qualified experts.

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