By John Hlavac
Volunteer Jim Hastings helps Marion Lonsdorf check out mobility aid equipment.
Mobility aids are broadly defined as things to help people move around when they otherwise cannot. In Leisure World, mobility aids are available just for the asking. This program is run by the volunteers of the Golden Age Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is closely aligned with our community.
There are four different kinds of equipment loaned out:
- Transport chairs – which looks like a wheelchair except these require someone else (e.g. a spouse or caregiver) to move the occupant around.
- Rollators – sometimes called four-wheeled walkers with a seat.
- Walkers – commonly known as tennis ball walkers
Certain kinds of mobility aids are not available:
Rollators and walkers are adjusted to fit the person using them. It’s part of our service. Most people, if left to their own devices, adjust their aid too high. The result is aches and pains that could be eliminated by using a properly fitted aid. If you find that you don’t enjoy moving around while using your aid, come in to see if a fitting will change that. You may be pleasantly surprised. It’s like a new lease on life.
The loan period for most equipment is 6 months, but is easily renewed with a phone call. There is never a charge for borrowing a mobility aid. In fact, tennis ball style walkers (not rollators) are given out at no charge with no paperwork required.
Equipment repairs are available, even if you own your own aid. You’ll be asked to leave your aid in the shop for a few days, and borrow a loaner while yours is being worked on.
We survive by soliciting small donations and we gladly accept equipment donations of all mobility aids. If we find that we cannot use something that was donated, we’ll strive to find a good home for it. Other medical devices are not accepted.
The Mobility Aids Room is located in Clubhouse 6 near the table tennis robot. We’re open Monday through Friday from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm (when nearby parking is easier). We observe the usual holidays.
Walker (left) & Rollator (right) Image credit: John Hlavac