|Choosing the right walker
must be functional, safe with easy maneuverability
If you find yourself or a loved one in need of
additional mobility due to physical rehabilitation or a
change in ability to get around in day to day life, you
may ask yourself, "How do I choose the right walker for
the elderly or senior citizen?"
The two main requirements of the right walker is
functionality and safety. However, different conditions
can dictate which walker you choose.
Some walker customers may have recently undergone
surgery and will be walking without the assistance of a
walker within days or weeks. That person may only need a
wheel-less walker for a short period. For them, the main
concern may be that it be sturdy and lightweight and
will not require too much of a financial outlay.
However, purchasing a walker is not something that you
want to do based on price alone.
I have heard of some good-hearted patients
who "purchase-up" when buying a walker. They buy a
walker with a lot of the bells and whistles (seat,
wheels, brakes, storage) and then donate it to a local
charity when it's no longer needed.
Although rolling walkers are the most popular choice for
most seniors, you need to consider the condition of the
user. If, for instance, the elderly person has issues
with memory, they may have issues with remembering how
to use the hand brakes making using the walker a
Some of the higher-end walkers have front wheels that
turn 360 degrees, which makes it much easier to navigate
turns for some, but has the potential to roll out of
control if proper attention isn't paid.
Consult a professional if necessary
Whenever possible consult a healthcare professional, doctor,
physical therapist or caregiver for any specific needs you
or your loved one may need.