One of the biggest barriers the elderly face when it comes to independent living are steps. Whether it’s one, two or twenty, steps can seem like an insurmountable hurdle. For any individual who is mobile but struggles with stairs or steps, indoor or outdoor, the Portable EZ-Step may be the answer.
Boasting a simple yet clever design, the Portable EZ-Step offers numerous benefits, including:
- reduced pain when climbing stairs
- walking stability of a standard quad cane
- a design that works on any kind of stairs or steps, indoors or outdoors
- lightweight for easy maneuverability
- independence to travel, shop, get in and out of a car and climb curbs
The EZ-Step’s varied features make it a good fit for many different users. The base is made of lightweight ABS plastic, weighing only 1.8 pounds, yet strong enough to support up to 400 pounds. The handle, made of soft, contoured rubber, is offset for greater ergonomic stability. The cane’s height is adjustable from 31 inches (78 cm) to 40 inches (101 cm) with a durable brass detent button. Furthermore, the handle is adjustable for left- or right-hand use.
Reviews of the EZ-Step are overwhelmingly positive, from users who have had hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries and those who suffer from arthritis, heart conditions, muskuloskeletal disease and those recovering from surgery. Perhaps the best review is from a University of North Dakota study by the Physical Therapy Department, comparing muscle activity and the range of motion required to go up and down steps with and without the EZ-Step. Results showed a marked reduction in the muscle activity and range of motion required with the EZ-Step.
Often The EZ-Step is covered by medical insurance if prescribed by your doctor, but be sure to check with your insurance company first. It’s available through a number of retailers including Amazon.com for $79, a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and a lifetime warranty.