A walker is designed to allow seniors with mobility issues, wobbly knees or balance problems to be able to transport and get around more safely.
The premise is that seniors are able to use the walker, grabbing on with their hands, for additional support and balance as they go about their daily lives.
I want to talk to you about how to find one and also what to look for in a walker.
First of all, for low-income seniors I have already written about how to obtain a free walker. However, if you do not qualify for a free walker read on…
Above you can see my mother’s walker. We attached a little bag to it so that she could keep her cell phone or other items in the bag while she moved as her hands weren’t free.
If you choose to, you can purchase a walker basketthat attaches to the walker and does the same thing.
Some of the features you want to look for will include…
- Rubber, non-skid pads in the bottom of the walker (you can see them on the back legs of my mother’s walker)
- The ability to adjust the height of the walker to fit the user
- The little wheels in the front which means you just have to pick up the walker slightly at the rear in order to move…
Mom in particular likes the third point as the first walker she had did not have the wheels. What she would have to do is pick up the walker, put in down, move about a foot forward and then have to repeat the process.
With the wheels it enables her to slide the walker and move quicker, while at the same time the rubber stops on the back wheels give her the ‘non-skid’ capability that she needs to move around safely.
The walker we purchased was around $50 from Amazon.
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