One of the most frustrating situations in a person’s life is not being able to move or walk around without the help of someone. Seniors, people with disabilities and those who suffered accidents experience difficulties in mobility, and sometimes they cannot move or walk on their own.
Years ago, the only remedies for such situations were wheelchairs and crutches. But with modern technology, new tools for walking have been created to provide better mobility and independence to these people. You can choose from three-wheel walkers, handicap walkers with an adjustable seat, stair lifts and other various products for the elderly and the disabled.
Choosing a Medical Walker
Today’s medical walker designs have greatly improved from the heavy metal canes that people are used to. Medical walkers now come with wheels, are feather-light and easy to handle with rubber grips and some even have portable seats.
It can be easy to choose the best walker for a loved one since most medical supply stores have agents who are ready to assist buyers and provide details and specifications of their products. Online medical supply sites also have photos and images of various walkers for specific movement difficulties, such as foldable walkers and deluxe walkers.
For instance, patients who have had a hip injury might need a rollator upon leaving the hospital. The complications should be consulted with the medical equipment supplier so that they can find a suitable walker for the patient.
Customizing Medical Walkers
Walkers can also be adjusted and customized to the height of the user. There are some walkers, however, that are fixed so be cautious when choosing the most suitable walker for a loved one.
Some walkers are designed for smaller users and others are for bigger patients. Check the seat width and capacity if it can accommodate the user comfortably when he or she feels tired. Choose walkers with wheels that can help in better stability of the walker despite it being lightweight.
Additionally, some patients also need a chair lift for their condition. Some users can stand and move with their medical walker, but there are those who cannot easily stand up and move from a chair or bed to the walker. Having a lift will help them get in a better position in their walker, grab hold of the handlebars and move around safely.
Choosing a medical walker and rollator for a patient should be made with thoughtful consideration of their condition and the setup of the home where they will be staying. Do some research about the best models and features that are suited for the condition of your loved one. This way, you will be buying something that will be of use to them.
Also, allowing them to move around on their own will help in making them feel more confident about themselves and will aid in their recovery from their condition. There are various remedies for different mobility complications, and it will be easier for them to gain better mobility and independence when the area is also safe for moving around.