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Factors to Consider When Buying an Adult Walker

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Do you need one or both upper extremities for balance or weight bearing? What frequency of weight bearing is needed?

If your answer to the first question is “both” and your answer to the second is “constant,” then most likely, a standard walker is ideal for you, this according to Sara Bradley and Cameron Hernandez from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in an article published in the American Family Physician magazine.

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The standard walker is a walking aid that does not have wheels. Without the wheels, this type is considered as the most stable walker. Other walkers have two, three or four wheels (also known as rollators).

Benefits

The benefits of using a standard adult walker include:

  1. Improves stability
  2. It improves stability in patients with poor balance or lower extremity weakness. To enable patients to walk in a stable manner, this assistive device is prescribed.
  3. Increases base of support
  4. This assistive device facilitates improved mobility as it increases the base of support of the patient.
  5. Decreases risk of falls
  6. When used correctly, this walking tool decreases the risk of falls.
  7. Easy to transport
  8. This equipment folds quickly. As such, it is easy to transport this equipmen

Factors to consider

  1. Physical limitation requirements:

    This should only be used by someone who has an unstable gait.
    This should only be used by one who needs to bear a significant amount of weight on the equipment.

  2. Weight
    As this equipment needs to be lifted with every step, make sure that the device fits the user’s weight, height and lifting capability.
  3. Foldability
    The foldability feature should also be considered especially when this tool is often carried along during travels.
  4. Proper use

    To achieve maximum stability, the user should put all four legs of the product on the ground prior to taking a step forward.
    When walking, both feet of the user should be between the posterior legs of this device.
    Walk upright. Avoid forward or lateral leaning.
    Do not lift the equipment off the ground when turning.

  5. Correct height
    An incorrect height can cause shoulder, back, hand or wrist pain. To achieve the correct height, follow this process:
    • Use your most comfortable shoes.
    • Let your arms hang loosely on your sides.
    • Request someone to measure height from your wrist to the floor. Correct the height based on the measurement.
    • The correct height produces a 20 to 30-degree elbow bend when the hand is placed on the handle.

The adult stand-assist walkers, in particular, not only help users to walk but to stand as well. From a seating position, this walking tool can be used to progress from the lower level of handles to the top level. This device can also be used toilet safety frame when using a restroom away from home.

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