People with a physical disability or limited mobility can get great benefits from a mobility walker or walking frame. There can be more mobility and independence for these people when they use a mobility walker that best suits their needs. There are a number of options to choose from when it comes to finding the right one.
The most important thing to consider is the lifestyle of the person who will be using the walker. Will they layout of their home allow them to use the walker inside? Does their property have paths that are suitable for a walker? Do they have to travel far from their home? Do they take the bus or have transport provided?
In the home, a mobility walker can provide much needed support and stability during a range of every day tasks. While it may not be essential for the user to have the walker with them at all times in the home, it is good to have it stored in an easy-access place, should they need it.
A lot of people with a physical disability prefer to have an independent and active life for themselves. This can be made possible with mobility walkers. While it can be a very difficult task to take a walk to the bus stop unassisted, the same trip can be managed more easily if a walker is used.
If the walker is going to be taken on the bus, make sure that the model is light enough to be lifted and can be folded small enough to fit. Most walkers will fold down but it is important to find one that can be folded by someone with limited strength or mobility.
While an overly heavy model is not always necessary, you do want the walker to be stable enough for the user. Most of the latest versions of walkers are made with aluminium tubing which is both strong and light.
When you are choosing a model, make sure it has a range of height adjustment for the user. The handles of the walker also have to be at the right height to make it more comfortable. If it is too low, the user will have to slouch, while if it is too high, they will find it difficult to use it to take their weight.
If the walker is going to used to walk any distance outside of the home, having an inbuilt seat is a must. There are a range of different mobility walker seat options but the two main things to consider are the height of the seat and the padding. Make sure that the seat is at a comfortable height or can be adjusted to suit and ensure that the seat is padded enough for the user.
Some models have a limited amount of storage space in a basket or rack on the front of the walker. Depending on the person using the walker, they may want this storage space to take a wallet, purse or glasses case with them on walks. This space can also be used to carry a small amount of groceries or other items from a trip to the shops.
The mobility scooter should have sturdy non-slip wheels. Most walkers have wheels made from rubber or hard foam. This makes the walker suitable for both indoor and outdoor usage. In case there is going to be more outdoor use of the walker, make sure you buy one with highly durable wheels.
Most walkers feature brakes which can be used to slow the walker when walking down slopes and can also be locked for sitting on the seat. Check that the brakes on the walker you choose are well built and, if you buy a second hand model, that they are in good condition.
It is a good idea to talk to others who use mobility walkers and get their opinions before making a purchase. You can also talk to the manufacturers and dealers of mobility walkers to find out more about a specific model. Reviews can be read on the internet and price comparisons can be made for different models to get a fair idea of the kind of mobility walker that is most suited to your needs.
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