For seniors who have trouble with mobility, a doctor or primary care physician may recommend a walker to help facilitate forward movement. A walker that has been fitted to a senior correctly can help to promote balance and stability and reduce fall risk, allowing him or her to stay as independent as possible. If your aging loved one has been prescribed a walker, Home Care Assistance of North Houston shares what you need to know about the mobility aid.
There are three basic types of walkers which include:
- Standard Walker– A standard walker has two handles for the senior to hold onto, which are flanked by four legs. This type of walker is best for seniors who need to place significant weight on the walker, often because their legs cannot bear their full weight. A standard walker also requires seniors to lift and advance the walker ahead before each step.
- Two-Wheeled Walker– Wheels in the front of this type of walker eliminate the need to lift the walker to move, and can be extremely beneficial for seniors who experience weakness in the arms or legs. Seniors who are prescribed a two-wheeled walker generally only need to put some of their weight on the device.
- Four-Wheeled Rollator– This is a mobility device with wheels at the ends of each of the walker’s four legs. It is mainly used by seniors that need some balance assistance. It helps seniors to maintain good posture, and does not require them to lift the entire walker as they move. While the four-wheeled rollator comes in a handful of variations, the most common has a small bench-seat in the middle so that the user can sit should he or she become tired.
Sizing a Walker
For proper adjustment, our experienced caregivers recommend that you have your loved one wear their normal shoes. Measure the distance from their hip joint to the floor. Then position the arm with the elbow slightly bent, about 20-30 degrees. Adjust the walker to match this position. Usually this is done by pressing buttons on the side of each leg. Then slide the tubing to the proper length until it locks.
Additional Mobility Help
If you feel that your aging parent or loved one could use additional help with mobility to ensure safety both in and outside of the home, reach out to Home Care Assistance of North Houston, TX today. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers can assist with safe bed and wheelchair transfers, getting up and down the stairs, cooking, cleaning, transportation and so much more. Call us today at 832-412-1345 and learn more about live-in and hourly care in North Houston with a free, no-obligation consultation.