Which is the best walker for me
Walkers are one of the most widely used assistive devices. If you are still ambulatory but require more support than a single point cane, a walker can be the perfect choice. We are going to help you find the best walker for you.
All Walkers are not created equal
Walkers come with different designs and features, so when looking into a walker you should know what the primary goals are. Many people use the walker to assist with transfers from the bed to a chair, or wheelchair to car. Some people only use the walker to go from sitting to standing from a chair or commode.
If you are using the walker for ambulation you can decide between a rolling walker or a standard walker.
Rolling walkers generally have wheels on the front of the walker, and either a set of skis or glides on the back.
Standard walkers have rubber caps on each leg. People who are unsteady, or who have a tendency to lean forward while walking, may not be candidates for a rolling walker. These individuals will benefit from a 4 leg standard walker, but they must have the strength to lift the walker and advance it forward. If you are using the walker strictly for transfers, you will want to use a standard walker because it will provide a more stability.
Who can assess me for a walker?
You can have a Home Health Agency send a Physical or Occupational Therapist to your home for an evaluation. They can have you try a variety of walkers, to help you select the one that will help you safely achieve your mobility related activities of daily living.
What other accessories can I get for my Walker?
Some walker accessories are for function, and some for convenience. Most people will use some type of walker bag or basket to help carry various item. You will find walker trays, cup holders for walkers, and walker flashlights available as well.
Are there any supportive devices for my walker?
Forearm platforms are frequently used for individuals who are not able to bear weight through their hands. The large adjustable troughs allow users to lean through their forearms.
Knee slings are used when an individual is non weight bearing on one leg. They can rest their non-weight bearing leg in the sling while using the walker to ambulate.
Important considerations when choosing a walker.
It is important to make sure that you can open and close the walker independently.
Weight of the walker is an important consideration, particularly if you are using a standard walker and you have to lift it to advance it.
Please use our Provider Locator Search to find a Home Health Agency or Medical Equipment Supplier who can help you choose the walker that is right for you.