CHOOSING THE RIGHT WALKER
When it comes to choosing a walker for seniors, there are different styles and options to look at. However, the final decision about which product to choose will depend on the buyers and their requirements. For some, the place where you will be using your walker also needs to be considered. To help you out in this regard, we have come up with the following guide. Read this before proceeding with your selection process:
TYPES OF WALKING AIDS FOR SENIORS
As the first step in choosing a walker, we would recommend you talk to your doctor or physical therapist about the best options for your condition or rehabilitation. The walker options include:
A standard walker has four non-skidding, rubber-tipped legs to provide stability to the user. The user needs to pick this up to move around.
As the name suggests, these are walking aid with wheels, either two, three, or four-wheeled. Of these, the two-wheeled walker will help the user if they some support, but not weight-bearing aid. On the other hand, the three-wheeled and four-wheeled walkers are recommended for people who need sturdier weight support for balance while moving.
This product, also known as a knee scooter, is similar to your foot-propelled scooter. It has a platform to comfortably rest your knees while moving yourself with the unaffected leg.
These are walkers with wheels on all the posts. This is ideal for someone who needs utmost mobility because the wheels will be able to swivel. Most rollators come with seats and baskets to carry everyday items.
These types of walkers that be collapsed. This is ideal for someone who travels often as it is easy-to-transport and store.
TIPS FOR SELECTION:
After getting advice or recommendation from your physician or physical therapist, pay a visit to the medical equipment store to choose the best mobility aid for you. Before making a final decision, read the following tips for walker selection:
- Where will you primarily use your walker?
If you intend to use your walker outdoors, you should select either a knee walker (knee scooter) or a rollator.
- What is your height and weight?
Today, most walkers come with the height adjustment options and a majority of them are designed to bear up to 300 pounds of weight. However, if you are taller or heavier, you may need to look for other product options.
- Are the grips comfortable?
We recommend you select the walkers with larger grips, especially if you have arthritis. Also, check if they are softer.
- What are the attachments?
Walkers with attachments, such as a tote bag or tray, will make using the walker more enjoyable.
- Do you have enough space for storing the walker?
If your home is small you should look at foldable walkers. This way, you can easily store your walker in a closet or hallway.
These are the most useful tips for your walker selection. For more tips on walking aid for seniors, visit mayoclinic.org website.