Choosing the Right Walker
"The longest journey begins with a single step." The ancient words of the wise Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu ring true as we get older. Even a simple trip to the bathroom can feel like an expedition in our golden years. For many, that trip requires the use of a sturdy and reliable walker. And when it comes to fall prevention in the elderly, choosing the right walker is crucial for ensuring that trip doesn't end with a slip, trip, fall, and a ride in an ambulance.
Tips for Choosing the Right Walker
- Choose a walker that is sturdy and stable. If it can't support your full weight as you lean against it, it will not protect you in a fall.
- Choose a light walker. This will make it easier to push the walker and lift it over obstacles.
- Determine if you need a standard walker, two-wheeled rolling walker, or four-wheeled rolling walker. Standard walkers do not have wheels and are more stable, but users can only make small steps at a time. Two-wheeled and four-wheeled walkers allow for a more normal walking pattern, but users must be able to support themselves.
- Determine if you need a seat. If short walks leave you winded, the seat of a four-wheeled walker allows you to take a break and rest.
- Consider portability. Most walkers fold down easily, but that doesn't mean these assistive living aids are easy to put into the car, on the bus, etc. Choose a walker that the user or caregiver can quickly fold down and lift into a vehicle.
- Check the brakes. If you select a two or four-wheel walker, ensure it is equipped with reliable brakes. The brake controls should be smooth and responsive. If the brakes aren't easily manipulated by the user, the walker could roll away and facilitate a fall.
Finally, be careful buying or accepting a used walker. There are plenty available, but few are well-maintained and reliable. Buying or accepting a used walker can be penny wise and pound foolish. Always ensure that the device is in good condition and works properly.
Fall prevention in the elderly is vital for preventing broken hips and other injuries. At Welmaker Injury Law, we can't prevent falls, but we can help you recover compensation for fall-related injuries. We encourage you to contact us at (210) 828-6033 to learn more about your options for recovering compensation in Texas.