Walkers are one way of enabling seniors to maintain an active lifestyle. They provide a safer and more versatile walking aid than a simple walking stick. With a support base that is wider than a walking stick, walkers provide a degree of support for people who are having trouble balancing but still want to be able to move around a space freely and safely.
Walkers help those at risk of falling while they are walking or who are losing their strength, balance, or coordination. Or, they can be helpful for people who are recovering from an injury. Finally, they can help people to become less dependent on carers or family members to help them manoeuvre around their home.
There are two main categories of these devices including walkers without wheels and rollators or walkers with wheels. Both of these types provide stability and independence but in different ways.
Walking frames do not have wheels and help people who need support to stand and walk short distances. This is because the frame has to be lifted and moved between each step.
Rolling walkers such as the Trust Care Indoor Walker have either 2 or 4 wheels and allow the user to move faster than a walker without wheels. These are designed for people with better strength and balance. However, as a tradeoff, they are slightly less sturdy because the base of the walker is not flat.
Rollators such as the Trust Care Indoor Rollator Beech have 4 wheels with breaks. They are especially useful for people who value mobility and independence but require additional physical support. Even though they weigh more, they are easy to push and often have a seat.
Different indoor walkers for seniors come with a variety of features which need to be used properly. Here are some to look out for:
Overall, choosing the right indoor walker for seniors really depends on a number of different factors. These include the size of the individual who will be using it, the person’s ability to move around independently, and where and how they will be using it.
Specific things to keep in mind are what parts of it can be adjusted, how much stability is required, and how much weight capacity is required. Once these factors have been considered, you can choose the perfect walker for you or your loved one.