Those who are buying a walker for the 1st time are often forced to choose between style, features, or durability. This can make purchasing a walker stressful and frustrating. If you or a loved one is at the time of life when a walker has become a necessity, be sure that the walker you choose meets these 5 criteria.
For many people, growing older means a decrease in mobility. Whether problems with mobility are caused by sore joints, fragile bones, or diseases like Parkinson’s or scoliosis, they can have very real effects on the way we live. Luckily, if you have difficulty with mobility, or are unable to walk or stand for extended periods of time, there are a wide range of mobility aids available to meet your needs and help you maintain independence and quality of life.
Compared to a traditional walker, rollator walkers are easier to use and quicker since they can be pushed like a cart instead of being lifted. Still, there are a few important things to know before you begin using a rollator. Here are the top four mistakes you should NOT make.
It may not be the most beloved tradition of the year, but spring cleaning is here. The origins of the practice are uncertain. Some think it dates back to the Jewish tradition of thoroughly cleansing the home before Passover. Others believe it started because in 19th century America (before we had vacuum cleaners), spring was a practical time to dust the house; it was warm enough to open the windows but not so warm that bugs were a huge problem.
After a recent cruise vacation, I took special note of the mobility products my fellow patrons were using. While cruise ships are surprisingly handicap accessibly (hallway hand rails, plentiful elevators, raised toilet seats, etc), there are some things to consider when planning for your next vacation.
Knee walkers, sometimes called knee scooters, provide a convenient alternative to crutches. If only one leg is injured and the injury is below the knee, the knee walker will help you get around quickly both indoors and outdoors so you don’t have to limit your activity. So what are the best knee walkers?
Love it or hate it, winter is upon us. And while it comes with many fun treats—holidays, sales, hot chocolate—it also makes getting around trickier, especially if you use a mobility aid. Here our top tips for safely getting around during the winter.
Rolling walkers, or rollators, are walkers with a wheel at the bottom of each leg. Though they’re relatively easy to use, there are some things you should do to ensure you have the best and safest experience. Here are our tips for safe rollator use, though we encourage you to seek guidance from a medical health practitioner for your specific situation.
Rollators, or rolling walkers, are walkers with a wheel at the end of each leg. They provide faster, smoother mobility because they don't have to be lifted like a traditional walker. Their large wheels make them easy to use either indoors or outdoors. However, rolling walkers don't provide as much support as a traditional walker. What's best for you simply depends on what you want from a walker.
James from Florida wrote in saying, “I’m trying to stay active, but I can’t get around without a walking aid anymore. What would you recommend? I need one that’s good for outdoors. Will I need a different one for indoor use?”
Most people are provided with a medical walker by their health insurance or Medicaid/Medicare, but that doesn't mean it's their best option. Depending on your lifestyle, you may prefer to have a walker or rollator or even both. Here are the differences.