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Staying Steady: How Walking Sticks and Wheelchairs Help Post-Hospital Mobility

by | Jul 3, 2023 | Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Services

In Singapore, walking sticks and wheelchairs are common and essential tools that can aid mobility after hospital discharge. With our aging population, more and more Singaporeans will find themselves in need of these mobility aids to help them regain their independence and maintain their quality of life.


For many Singaporeans, the transition from hospital to post-hospital mobility at home can be a challenging one. After an illness, injury or surgery, it is common to experience reduced mobility, balance issues and muscle weakness. This is where walking sticks and wheelchairs can make be of great use.


Commonly known here in Singapore as walking sticks, also known as canes in some other countries, they are a simple and effective mobility aid that can provide stability and support while walking. They can be particularly useful for people who have mild to moderate balance issues, as they help to distribute weight more evenly and reduce the risk of falls.


In Singapore, it is very common to see elderly citizens using walking sticks to aid their mobility. One such individual is Madam Lim, a 76-year-old retired hawker who suffered a stroke several years ago. Despite undergoing extensive rehabilitation, she still experiences weakness on one side of her body and struggles with balance. However, with the help of her trusty walking stick with seat, Madam Lim is able to walk around her neighbourhood with confidence and independence and occasionally sit on it after a prolong period of walking 


Wheelchairs, on the other hand, can provide even greater support for people who are unable to walk or have severe mobility issues. They come in a variety of styles and can be manually operated or electrically powered. For some Singaporeans, using a wheelchair is the best way to maintain their independence and quality of life. This was the case for Mr Tan, a 60-year-old retiree who suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident. After being discharged from hospital, Mr Tan was unable to walk and found it difficult to carry out everyday tasks. However, with the help of a motorised wheelchair, he was able to regain his independence and resume many of the activities he enjoyed prior to his accident.


In Singapore, there are a range of services and support available for those who require walking sticks and wheelchairs. Many hospitals and rehabilitation centres offer assessments and training on how to use these aids safely and effectively. In addition, there are numerous mobility aid suppliers across the country who can provide guidance on choosing the right walking stick or wheelchair for individual needs.


In conclusion, walking sticks and wheelchairs are invaluable tools that can greatly aid mobility after hospital discharge. By using these aids, Singaporeans can regain their independence, improve their quality of life and reduce the risk of falls and injuries. Whether you are an elderly citizen or someone who has experienced a life-changing injury or illness, there is no shame in seeking the help and support of a mobility aid. In fact, as Madam Lim and Mr Tan have shown, it can be the key to maintaining a happy and fulfilling life.

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