Help Choosing the Correct Walker in a Medical Equipment Jungle
Choosing the correct walker in today’s market can be confusing. There are so many types made for so many different people with different needs. There are also many different brand names to consider and an assortment of product lines within the same brand.
When we started our online store (Caregiver-Aid) we had to choose a selection of walkers to offer our customers. It was quite a task. Finally I had to realize that we probably could not offer a walker assortment with a “something for everyone” approach. There’s just too many and we were trying to keep our website a simple and easy place to shop. Still, I think we’ve come up with a fairly versatile assortment.
When it’s time to choose what’s best for you, don’t be too spontaneous while shopping. Put some thought into what you need and where you’re going to use it. Is it for home use only? Will you be going outdoors or on rough pavement? Do you plan to travel? Don’t purchase one just because it’s pink or green, or folds the way you like.
It’s important when you’re choosing the correct walker to discern between what you need and what you want. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get what you need in a color you like. :o)
As far as what you need, it’s best to ask your doctor for help. A doctor or physical therapist can evaluate a person’s abilities which are important for an accurate choice. There are some basic guidelines about height and weight which you’ll also need to keep in mind. Those guidelines deserve an article all their own which I’ll produce later.
If you have significant balance issues, you may do better with a walker with no wheels at all. A walker with no wheels offers greater balance and support for users. Yes, a user of a walker with no wheels will move more slowly, but the walker provides some weight support and adds balance assist for the user’s safety.
Most people can use two-wheel or a four-wheel walker. A two-wheel walker allows the user to place weight on the front of the walker, and steer the wheels while moving forward. It is adaptable to the user’s height and weight.
Four wheel walkers, often called rollators or rolling walkers, allow persons to move more quickly and they come with many options. They can also be adapted to users of various heights and weights. They usually come with seats and hand brakes so the user can lock-down the wheels and sit for a rest.
Just about any type and any brand of walker can be fitted with baskets, bags, trays and cup-holders. You can even put a light and horn on, if you wish. You can “customize” a walker in many ways for a unique look.
A walker is a useful tool for many people. Don’t think of it as an impediment to your independence. Take the time and get the advice of a health care professional so you can choose one that is just right for you and your needs.
Choosing the correct walker helps to be as independent as possible. That’s great!