Thursday, February 25, 2010

Walkers, which are the best?

Walkers, which are the best fit? So if you ever need to use a walker, most likely a nurse or physician has diagnosed that you need some type of assistance with your gait. A walker gives the user the opportunity to maintain a straight gait (they way you walk) by allowing the user to hold on to the handlebars of the walker which is used to help you hold your head up by supporting your arms and taking weight off your foot.

The top of the walker should reach the users wrist when they are standing up. Most walkers can rise and lower by a release switch or metal push-in-buttons. Some walkers are made to sit on when you are not using the walker to ambulate. This fold-down chair is only used for short periods and is not used to sit on while transporting someone to get them somewhere faster.

Another helpful tool is the tennis ball which absorbs the vibration of the metal walkers and is used on the BACK of the walker by placing them over the back feet and used as sliders. You can also purchase hard-plastic sliders or you can also put wheels on the BACKS of the standard foldout walker which assist in getting over curbs and obstacles. Make sure a person who used a wheeled-walker is strong enough that the wheels won’t slide from underneath the resident.

They make 4-wheeled walkers but these are acceptable only if the person can use a hand-brake. All 4-wheeled walkers come with a hand-braking system. The best walkers are made in Sweden and are costly.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, as you can see this is my first post here.
    I will be glad to get any assistance at the beginning.
    Thanks in advance and good luck! :)


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