Which Mobility Aid is Best for You? Some tips to consider when choosing...

  • In deciding whether to go with a basic or wheeled walker, consider whether you will be able to handle having wheels. You should be able to control both the wheels and brakes effectively.
  • The next decision is to make sure you will be able to use the walker comfortably. Take into account your height, weight, lifting capability. Most walking aids are adjustable to fit a user’s height, so finding the height range is more important than finding a walking aid that matches your height exactly. Additionally, there will be times that you need to lift or shift the walker away from uneven surfaces, so models that are lightweight are important to look for.
  • If you travel outside of your home frequently, choose a walker that folds down for easy storage and transport.
  • Many of the rolling walkers, or rollators, come with seats. If you find yourself getting tired easily and needing a break, rollators with seats and storage baskets are a good choice.
  • Rollator/transport chair combination products are useful if you want to walk part of the time and be pushed (transported) when you get tired.

Canes

Walkers provide the maximum stability. However, if you're looking for something to provide minimal help, a cane might be the solution. Canes improve your ability to get up from a chair or can help with your balance. There are a variety of canes to choose from, with the difference being the handle type and whether the cane is a folding cane. Handle choice is dependent on the style and which would be most comfortable. Folding canes are worth considering for traveling (easy storage).

Wheeled Walkers

These are simply walkers with wheels. The wheels provide easier mobility and ease of movement outdoors. Wheeled walkers are classified as those walkers with two wheels in the front of the walker. These wheels are often fixed, meaning they do not swivel side to side. Wheeled walkers are a good choice for those who want extra stability but want help traversing uneven terrain.

Rollators

Rollators are walkers with wheels on all four legs. Rollators offer the greatest range of movement and the most mobility with many models offering swivel wheels and hand brakes. Rollators with larger wheels offer the most mobility. Rollators are often equipped with seats and baskets making them the perfect choice for those who are on the go.

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