Studies have shown that confidence can greatly improve mobility. It makes sense, right? Feeling like you aren’t going to fall helps you walk and move in a way that will prevent falling. At Stander, we love to support senior adults in living independently. One of the best things we can offer is our mobility product line.

Whether you’re traveling in the car or getting in and out of the shower, we’ve got products to help you increase your confidence and lower the possibility of slipping or falling. Here are some of our best-loved mobility products:

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It’s no secret that your body changes as you age. Your skin, the largest organ on your body, is one of the places where changes are most visible. As you age, the outer layer of your skin thins and the pigment-containing cells decrease. Aging skin can look thin, pale, and even translucent. Skin also becomes more fragile.

Staying out of the sun or protecting your skin while you’re in the sun are important ways to slow any deterioration or problems that may develop with your skin. Many older people suffer from dry or itchy skin. This can be caused by sun exposure, stress, or dehydration and is easily remedied with ointments, creams, lotions, or a humidifier in your home.

Here are some simple tips for senior skin care to help improve, remedy, or slow any conditions that develop as you age:

  • Avoid hot baths and showing too frequently
  • Use gentle soaps, moisturizers, and skin care products – stay away from harsh ingredients or highly-scented products
  • Drink more water to stay properly hydrated
  • Use sunblock – even in the non-summer seasons

Taking care of your skin is important at any age – and so is making sure you’re safe in your home. Make sure your bathroom is a safe place to care for your skin by using our bathroom safety products for increased mobility.


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The EZ Fold & Go Walker from Stander is the worlds most lightweight and portable walker for stress free traveling! It weighs less than 8 lbs, but supports up to 400 lbs; and with the lift of a finger, it folds 4x smaller than your average walker to quickly store in your car, shopping cart, the overhead compartment of an airplane, or discreetly by your side when not in use. Unlike traditional walkers, the Fold & Go can fit through narrow doorways and tight spaces; making it ideal for indoor use at home, while shopping, or eating at restaurants. It can adjust to fit anyone from 4’10” to 6’8”; and for extra convenience, it comes with an organizer pouch, and premium swivel wheels to maneuver in tight spaces.

Here’s what our customers have said about the Fold & Go:

“This product was purchased for walking and balance. Broke my both shoulders and wrist 1 1/2 years ago from a fall and I feel more secure with some support. It is lightweight easy for me to lift in and out of my vehicle & I enjoy it very much.” – Gertraud

“I have the metro walker and LOVE IT! The feature that is most appealing is that you can adjust the width to go through doorways. I also like the fold up feature. I would definitely recommend this product!” – Clyde

“At 94 years of age, my balance was becoming an issue especially in the house because of step-down into the den. Now, with my Mtero Walker, I can take that step with ease. It’s light enough for me to handle and gives me the stability that I was lacking when using a cane. This is one product that I am glad to recommend. Thank you.” – Eloise

“This is the second walker my wife has used and there is no comparable product for style and portability. It is a real pleasure to own.” – Tom

Are you convinced that you need the EZ Fold-N-Go Walker in your life? Learn more on our website!


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When I visited my great grandmother as a child, I remember watching her move slowly around the kitchen to cook us dinner. As she aged, it became more and more difficult for her to move around her kitchen the way she used to. Here at Stander, we’re passionate about helping seniors be independent. Part of that is being able to move around the kitchen and make your own meals. Our EZ Fold-N-Go Walker, In-Motion Crutch, and the Stander Cane are all great tools for increasing mobility around the kitchen and the rest of your home. We’ve also collected some simple recipes that are easy to prepare without needing to move all around the kitchen. Enjoy! Don’t forget to let us know which ones are your favorites!

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Bringing up money matters with your aging parents can be really uncomfortable. However, not having the conversation can put you in an even more uncomfortable position when it comes time to take over their financial decisions. Don’t worry about the talk sounding like you’re making sure you’ll get your share, remember that it’s about helping you better understand their desires so you can take care of them the way they’d like when the time comes.

In their article “4 Financial Issues You Need To Discuss With Aging Parents“, Forbes breaks it down into 4 subjects with the questions you should be asking.

1.  Legal:  have they done estate planning?  Who is their attorney? What legal documents do they have in their possession?  Is there a will, trust, durable power of attorney for finances and healthcare directive?  May you speak with the attorney?

2.  Healthcare:  what medical insurance do they have besides Medicare?  What is covered?  Is there long term care insurance?  Do they have assets set aside to pay for care at home should they need it one day? What amount is available? May you have permission to speak with doctors?

3.  Income and expenses:  What income do they have and what are their debts and expenses each month? Where are the records for these?  Do they have a financial planner?  May you have permission to contact that person?

4.  Financial records:  Where do they keep their tax returns?  Who prepares them?  Where are their bank accounts, brokerage accounts and other records of assets maintained?  Do they bank online? Where do they keep their user names and passwords?

When the time comes to have the conversation, start off calm and confident. Reassure your parent that it’s their best interests you have in mind. Talk to them about their anxieties and fears and use the suggested questions from Forbes as your guide through the conversation.

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Spending time with grandchildren can easily be one of the greatest joys in life but we all know that a nobody has the energy of a 3 year old. Here are some great ideas for activities that your grandkids will enjoy without requiring you to chase them around the house.

What other activities do you love to do with your grandkids?

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With the ever-increasing use of smart phones and tablets, even older adults are getting in on the latest technology. My grandpa can use his iPad just as well as my 2 year old cousin can – and she even knows how to turn off the child-proof settings. As seniors spend more time with their devices, are they spending less time being active?

According to the CDC, regular physical activity is one of the best things senior adults can do for their health. (See more senior adult exercise information here.) Even 10 minute mini-exercises spread throughout the day can be highly beneficial. We’ve compiled some great senior work out videos that can be done standing, sitting, or are easily adapted to fit the mobility needs of each individual. Nothing like combining screen time with staying physically fit, right?


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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 seniors falls each year. (CDC) Additionally, the CDC says that “Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.” Which means that fall prevention is important.

One of the easiest places for anyone to slip and fall is in the shower. The surfaces are often wet, and usually pretty slippery. An older adult with lower mobility may have a harder time staying safe in the shower. Here at Stander, we’re big supporters of Living Independently. Having the ability to shower on their own is definitely something that can increase the confidence and sense of independence of the senior adult in your care.

Here are some simple ways to create a safe shower environment for seniors with limited mobility:

  • Install grab bars.Our Curve Grab Bar is rust-resistant and pivots and locks against the wall when not in use.  Our Security Pole & Curve Grab Baris tension mounted so it can be placed anywhere in the home – no screws or bolts required. Place it right next to the bath or shower.
  • Buy a slip-proof mat. Bathtub and shower mats are easy to find at any store. These help to increase traction and prevent slipping on the wet floor.
  • Put your walker to good use! Use the walker to get to, and inside, the bathroom. Our EZ Fold-N-Go Walker has an organizer pouch that can be used to transport anything needed in the bathroom and it folds up nice and small so it can be placed out of the way in the corder of the bathroom during the shower.
  • Check the temperature. Make sure your water heater is set to an ideal temperature. Falls can be prevented by avoiding scolding hot water that may surprise (or even burn) the shower user.
  • Keep it clean. Keeping the bathroom free from unnecessary items and clutter can make it easier to move around. Not all falls are caused by wet floors.

What other tips do you have for keeping the shower and bathroom a safe place for independent seniors?

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It can be easy to get so caught up in caregiving and those you are taking care of that you forget to take care of your own personal needs. When your basic personal needs are met, it’s much easier for you to give your time to others. Self-care should be a priority for every caregiver. Some basic tips for taking care of yourself are making sure you get enough rest, eat well, exercise regularly, and visit the doctor for your needs as well as the needs of those in your care. Here are a few ways to help make your self-care a priority without taking away from your care for others:

Reduce stress:
- Rest, rest, rest. Make sure you get enough sleep to function well.
- Take some time for yourself! When those you care for are napping or are able to be left on their own for a while, do something you love. Take a bath, do a little solo shopping, whatever will help you feel refreshed.
- Relax. Let yourself believe that you’re doing a good job. Nobody is perfect and you’re likely doing a much better job than you think you are.
- Ask for help. If you need a break, send someone else to the grocery store this week – or have it delivered! Ask another sibling to take your parents for the day. It’s okay to ask for help.

Set goals:
- We’ve all heard that writing down goals helps to accomplish what you need to do – it’s true! So, do it.
- Making a list of the things you want to accomplish can help you prioritize all the things you need to do. Did you plan a trip to the zoo? Maybe you can skip the zoo this week and save it for a less busy week.
- Write down possible solutions. Think outside the box and maybe you’ll come up with a new idea that will help simplify your life.

Be grateful:
- When all else fails, shift your focus to what is good in your life. Times can be tough, but look for the good and you’ll find it.
- Taking time to make a gratitude list with those you care for can help you both to feel better about life.


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The EZ Adjust Bed Rail is one of our most popular bed rails! It is the only bed rail on the market that extends in length after installation for Full-Fall Protection. It can be used as a half-bed rail to get in-and out of bed – and extends to a full-size bed rail at night for full fall protection. It easily adjusts from 26” – 42” inches with the push of a button – and folds down and out of the way when not in use. It also comes with a convenient organizer pouch to keep handy items close by – and like all of our bed rails, it blends in with your bedroom (like another piece of furniture) so you can maintain the comforting feeling of your home.

Here’s what others are saying about their experience with the Stander EZ Adjust Bed Rail:

“I had a stroke and do not have mobility in my left side. This product has helped me stay safe when in bed and also when getting out of bed. Thank you!” – Ramond from Washington

“I bought the EZ Adjust Bed Rail for my elderly father. He has difficulty walking and getting out of the bed. Even with an adjustable bed that rises he has difficulty getting up. The EZ Adjust Bed Rail helps a lot. He has something to grab. What I like is how you can raise the rail up and raise it down. That way when he goes to bed the rail is not in the way because it is folded down. I previously was using the Stander BedCane, but the EZ Adjust Bed Rail is much, much better. Again, the difference is the rail can be folded down when you don’t use it so it does not get in the way when you go to bed. I would recommend this product to others.” – Philip from California

“My husband has fallen out of bed numerous times in the past two years. Fortunately, he has never gotten really hurt, but we figured it was just a matter of time before he did. He is quite heavy, and the last time it happened, we had to call for help to get him up (at 2:00 in the morning). Now we can both sleep better knowing he is safe. He is able to release the side on his own to go to the bathroom in the night, so he doesn’t need to wake me. This product is very well made, and secure, so we would recommend it to others who need assistance in their home. I priced a similar product at a local medical supply store, and it was nearly half again the price of this product. We are very happy with this railing.” – Stephany from Iowa

Ready to check it out for yourself? Check it out on the product page, here!

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