4 Modern Trends Set to Change Attitudes to Mobility Aids

Mobility aids used to be seen as something used by only a relatively small number of people. But at Ransome Mobility, based in East Anglia, we are noticing that this view is changing, with larger groups of the population starting to use various types of home and vehicle adaptations.

These changes are being driven not just by improvements in the design of mobility aids themselves, which are certainly happening, but also by wider changes in society and technology. Here we explore 4 of these changes and why they mean that the use of these aids is likely to become increasingly mainstream in the next 10 to 20 years.

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Living Longer

Earlier in 2014 the Office for National Statistics reported that, according to the latest figures available, the number of people over the age of 100 in the UK has now topped 13,350 – compared to around 2,500 in the 1980s. What’s more, there is a prediction that the number of centenarians could soar to more than 110,000 by the year 2037. Behind these are much larger numbers of people in their 80s and 90s.

This trend is especially relevant to East Anglia, as the area has a high level of pensioners, with north Norfolk in particular having one of the highest average ages in the UK. Most elderly people, including the very elderly, prefer to go on living in their own homes rather than going into residential care – and improving health among the older generations means that this is possible for many people to achieve. However, support may often be necessary in order to go on living independently. For instance, older people may need equipment such as stairlifts, bath lifts, through floor lifts and car adaptations in order to improve life at home.

Working Longer

As more older people remain in the workplace, there is likely to be a greater number of working people who require assistance with access and mobility, while still being fully able to perform their work.

This trend is set to continue for a number of reasons, including the change in pension age and the impact of recession, which have both meant that many older people decide they want and need to keep on working from a financial point of view.
However, the move towards delaying retirement isn’t all about money. Another important factor is the better health of older people, which means that many more want to keep working, as part of staying active. The growing popularity of flexible working also means that older people can often work part time and where necessary fit their hours around other responsibilities, such as caring.

Celebrities with Disabilities and Health Challenges

Celebrities no longer all seem to be young and at the peak of health. Increasingly, we see people of all ages in the news and on our screens, including individuals who are living with disabilities. This welcome trend is helping to raise awareness of the various challenges faced by people with limited mobility, and what can be done to improve access.

For instance, stairlifts are being seen on TV, and not just in the ad breaks. Presenter Paul O’Grady has had a lift installed on the set of his ITV chat show, so that guests with limited mobility are able to make their way to the floor independently. The move has been widely welcomed, with developments like this helping to create a climate of “normalcy” and making people more ready to talk about their mobility challenges.

We All Use Aids

In our technological modern society, gadgets have become an accepted part of everyday life. People of all ages and all levels of physical fitness rely on a whole array of equipment, from sat-nav to smartphones, the internet, cars equipped with power steering, powered kitchen equipment and garden tools, as well as escalators and lifts in shops.

All this means that even the youngest people are now used to the idea of using gadgets and equipment of all kinds to aid memory and supplement their physical strength. By the time these people reach their 50s or 60s, the idea of vehicle and home adaptations will be something that is entirely taken for granted. High-tech pensioners of the future will probably be using their iphone v26 as a remote control for their stairlift, and playing the latest incarnation of Candy Crush Saga on their way upstairs!

To find out more about the whole range of mobility aids available for use in the home and in vehicles, contact Ransome Mobility. We have decades of experience and serve customers across East Anglia, including Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and beyond.