Are You Ready for Walking Assistance?

Posted on Aug 17th 2018 by Florida Blue

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Most of us would like to be able to move around without help from anyone or anything. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. Sometimes you need a little extra help getting around after surgery. Or maybe you need more permanent help getting from place to place. It can be scary having to rely on something for help.  But this could mean the difference between staying safe and having an accident.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 59.8 percent of adults age 65 and older have difficulties or limitations when it comes to mobility and activity.

How do you know if it’s time to get help? Here are some signs you might be ready for assistance:

  • Walking makes you feel unusually tired.
  • You have trouble standing up or sitting down.
  • You use walls, door frames, furniture and other items for added stability and support while walking through your home.
  • You notice unexplained bruising or injuries.
  • You feel sharp pains while walking, standing up or sitting down.
  • You have other health issues. Low blood pressure, migraines and dehydration can cause you to feel dizzy. If you have recently had a stroke or health scare you could be feeling weak, which can increase your risk of falling.
  • Certain medications can affect your balance and leave you unstable or feeling dizzy.
  • You frequently fall or slip. What makes a fall more likely to happen?
    • Lower body weakness
    • Difficulty walking and balancing
    • Vision problems
    • Foot pain or poor footwear
    • Home hazards (such as clutter, uneven floors, steps that are hard to see or area rugs.)

    Mobility aids can also be helpful for people with:

    • Arthritis
    • Diabetic ulcers and wounds
    • Fractured and broken bones
    • Heart and lung issues
    • Mobility issues due to stroke or other illnesses
    • Visual impairment  or blindness

    The good news is there are many options to help you move around. Your Florida Blue Medicare plan includes help from many sources.

    • Schedule a medication review with a licensed pharmacist to see if the medicine you take could cause unsteadiness.
    • Ask your doctor if you need a prescription for durable medical equipment to help you move better.
    • Sign up for fitness classes through SilverSneakers to help you get stronger and move more easily.

    You can call our Medicare Member Services team at 1-800-926-6565 (TTY users, please call 1-800-955-8770) for up-to-date information on what your plan covers.

    If you decide you need help getting around, talk to your doctor to see which mobility aid is right for you. Also be sure to check out our next blog post to find out what walking aids are available to you and what each one can offer you.

    Sources:

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/disability.htm

    https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html


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