Mobility Devices & Assistive Equipment

Mobility devices and adaptive equipment make it possible for individuals to move about when they otherwise might not be able to. These can include relatively simple devices, such as canes or crutches, to more complex machines like motorized wheelchairs or stairlifts.

Following these tips will help those who use mobility devices and assistive equipment, or individuals who help them, stay safe:

Mobility Devices & Assistive Equipment Guidelines

  • 1 Before purchasing a mobility device, talk with a doctor, physical therapist, or another medical professional to ensure you get the most appropriate device.
  • 2 Test out mobility devices before buying to make sure it fits appropriately.
  • 3 Follow the manufacturer's instructions whenever using a mobility device.
  • 4 Complete and submit the warranty or registration to ensure notification about recalls or safety issues.
  • 5 While used mobility devices may seem cost effective, they may also be in poor condition, which could result in injury or require costly repairs.
  • 6 If the device has a battery, only use the manufacturer’s charging equipment, and only replace the battery with a manufacturer-approved replacement.
  • 7 If possible, avoid using the device in inclement weather or under dangerous conditions.
  • 8 Test all locks, switches, and other features regularly to ensure proper function.

Mobility Devices & Assistive Equipment Checklist

  • The mobility device fits the user’s height, weight, and ability.
  • Warranty/registration information has been submitted.
  • The user is aware of the device’s features and operation.
  • Regular safety checks and maintenance are scheduled.