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Mobility Aids for COPD

Have you used a mobility aid (walker, scooter, cane, etc.) in your COPD journey? Has it been helpful?

  1. I use my rollator it helps me stop and rest and takes less oxygen for me than walking by myself. It is also my work horse it carries my basket of laundry for me to the machine, and anything else I need to carry. It helps keep me independent.

    1. Hi, Connie! I do not have COPD, but I do use a rollator full-time because of a mobility condition I've had for my entire life. I am with you completely on the support mobility aids offer. While I could have walked independently, I chose not to because of the strain I knew it would put on my body. By using my walker, I can do more and feel better in the process. And yes, I also use my walker for all kinds of things, including to reach high cabinets (please do not follow my example!), carry all sorts of things, and to sit and rest when out. My cat has even taken to jumping on my walker to get a better look at her surroundings, which always makes me laugh.

      I applaud you for seeing the value of what mobility aids can do to help you. There's a great freedom in using the tools that are available to us. Keep up the good work and keep listening to your body. -Melissa, copd team

  2. I have an adjustable bed which has helped tremendously with my sleeping, along with a Cpap for sleep apnea. I also have walker with a fitting to hold my oxygen tanks on the days when I feel strong enough to walk a ways. I also have a large scooter for shopping and sightseeing that has been a real lifesaver! We recently had a stairlift installed so that I can go downstairs to our lower level if I want or need to. All of this equipment has been a wonderful addition making my life with COPD much easier.

    1. How wonderful that you have all that equipment to help you keep living your life as fully as possible. Do you get out much? It sounds like you have some strong support at home. Warmest of wishes. - Lori (Team Member)

  3. I have a walker and a wheelchair but most of the time they don't help a lot I still get very short of breath and have a hard time getting around don't always have somebody to push the chair so don't use it a lot

    1. Hi . I wish you had someone around more often to help. Have you considered asking your doctor for a prescription for a scooter or an electric wheelchair? Very often, insurance will cover one or the other. Here is an article that includes a section about scooters: I thought it might interest you. Thinking of you and wishing you the best. - Lori (Team Member)

  4. I bought a mobility scooter years ago,it’s wonderful.Folds up place in trunk,takes about 15 seconds to open.It gave me freedom to take several cruises,allowing full access to all activities.The stair lift is a life changer,now forgetting something upstairs is no longer dreaded.

    1. What a difference the scooter and the stair lift must make, . I am glad they have enabled you to continue enjoying life. Do you cruise often? Any favorite destinations? Wishing you the best. - Lori (Team Member)

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