Mobility walkers are important to many people’s independence and can increase a person’s quality of life. There are a number of walking supports available to people, depending on their needs. Canes can assist those with minor needs for assistance, whereas four-wheel rollators can allow for increased support and mobility for people who need moderate support and enjoy being on the move. Find out more about walkers and which devices are available to help you or a loved one improve your everyday mobility.
What is a Walker?
A walker is a device used by disabled or elderly people who require additional support while walking. The walker can encourage balance or stability while walking. Walkers are also referred to as “walking aids” and are designed with the user’s abilities in mind. If a person wishes to maintain walking mobility, does not require a wheelchair, but needs extra assistance, the walker is a suitable option.
Who Needs a Walker?
Walkers are most commonly used by elderly populations or disabled people. A walker is useful for people who are prone to falling while walking or tend to lose their centre of balance. The walker can also be helpful for individuals that become short of breath while walking. If an individual suffers from a condition like arthritis or osteoporosis, a walker can make everyday mobility more manageable.
What are the Different Types of Walkers?
There are a variety of walkers and varying designs among the different categories. The main types of walkers are:
- The basic walker
- Wheeled walkers (two wheels)
- Rollators (four wheels)
The Basic Walker
This walker has no wheels and is best suited for indoor surfaces without much terrain. This walker provides a lot of stability for user’s that have difficulty balancing.
Heavy Duty Bariatric Walker
The walker with wheels allows the user to move with ease outdoors. The wheels on wheeled walkers are often fixed, which is helpful on uneven ground. The wheels allow for a smoother movement but do not allow for much rotation.
Signature Life Elite Travel Walker
The rollator walker is the four wheel mobility machine. This mobility is usually equipped with wheels that rotate and swivel at the user’s will. The handles often have brakes for further control. Operating this kind of walker may require more restraint and control, but it’s perfect for people on the go.
Canes are a more simplistic version of the walker. They are generally more cost effective and easy to store away. Canes are good for people who need minimal support or for people post-surgery who will need support for only a short period of time.
Adjustable Height Offset Handle Cane with Gel Hand Grip
What Kind of Mobility Do You Need?
Always consult with your doctor or healthcare professional before deciding which mobility device is required for your health condition, disability, or age. To help determine which kind of device you need to improve your mobility ask yourself the following questions:
- Can you walk without assistance?
- Do you lose your balance when you walk?
- Would be more comfortable with support?
- Can you walk long distances with limited support or assistance?
- Do you walk outside often?
- Do you want to be able to travel long distances independently?
- Do you need support for in the home or just outside of the home?
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