Tips For Choosing A Walker For Mobility Support

17 August 2015
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If mobility problems plague you, whether because of disability or neurological problems, you may find yourself in need of a walker for added support. If you and your doctor have decided that you need to invest in a walker, it's important that you choose one that's appropriately sized and durable enough for your needs. Here are some tips to help you pick the best one for your situation.

Taking Necessary Measurements

You'll need some help to get the measurements you need for the walker. Stand at ease with your arms resting at your sides. Have your helper use a tape measure to get the distance from the floor up to the crease that appears when you bend your wrist. Just make sure that you're wearing your normal shoes are, because you'll need the measurement that's typical for you, and the thickness of the shoe sole can affect that.

If you're in need of a rolling walker, consider the seat height as well. Measure from your knee to the ground to determine the height that you need for the seat. This is an important consideration, because you'll risk falling when you sit or stand up if the seat isn't adjusted properly.

Considering the Weight

In addition to ensuring that the walker is sized properly, you also need to be sure that you can move it comfortably. The goal is to be sure that it's light enough for you to move and that you can lift it to fold it up when needed. The more independent you can be, the easier the transition will be.

Looking for Adjustability

Be flexible about the style of walker you're looking for. Sometimes, you find a walker with the right measurements but no adjustability. Consider the benefits of having a walker that you can adjust in case something changes.

Ensuring Your Safety

If you're opting for a rolling walker, make sure you choose one that has secure brakes with easy controls. Sometimes, brake controls on walkers can be tough to work out and hand controls can be difficult to fully manipulate, so you'll want to be sure that you can maneuver the locks for the wheels easily, otherwise you risk injury if it slips.

You don't have to settle for a walker that's less than what you really need. With the tips presented here, you can not only find a walker that's sized properly for your body but is also secure enough to give you the support you need. 

For more information, contact a company that provides handicapped equipment and supplies.