Mobility aids help you walk or move from place to place if you have a disability or an injury. They include:
- Motorized scooters
You may need a walker or cane if you are at risk of falling. If you need to keep your body weight off your foot, ankle or knee, you may need crutches. You may need a wheelchair or a scooter if an injury or disease has left you unable to walk.
Choosing these devices takes time and research. You should be fitted for crutches, canes and walkers. If they fit, these devices give you support, but if they don't fit, they can be uncomfortable and unsafe.
- Gardening from a Wheelchair (Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center)
- Home Improvement Assistance (Administration for Community Living)
- Rehabilitation Engineering: What is Rehabilitation Engineering? (National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering) Also in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Self-Help Devices (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Assistive technology access in longitudinal datasets: a global review.
- Article: Cocreation of Assistive Technologies for Patients With Long COVID: Qualitative Analysis...
- Article: Assistive technologies and strategies to support the medication management of individuals...
- Mobility Aids -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (Administration for Community Living)
- Eldercare at Home: Mobility Problems (AGS Health in Aging Foundation)