Medical walkers are vital aids for people who have mobility problems. Such equipment doesn't only serve as mobility assistance but it also helps injured users rehabilitate. Technically speaking, medical walkers are categorized into two—walkers (without wheels) and rollators (rolling walkers). Walkers are preferably for individuals with injuries or disabilities as it gives better support than a rollator. On the other hand, rollators are designed for users who are stable enough to handle wheeled equipment. Otherwise, it can cause them more injuries. Nevertheless, both are important because it extends independence to people in enjoying activities, may it be indoor or outside. As such, choosing the right medical walkers for a specific user should be highly regarded to aid them the best way possible. To help you choose, consider the following things before you decide to purchase a medical walker.
- Height of user. Measure the height of the user. Considering the height of the user is important because while the user is rehabilitating, he maintains his good posture. You don't want the user to end up having a bad posture because his walking aid is too low. There are, however, advancements with medical walkers. Many walking aids today have adjustable aluminum support for height considerations.
- Weight of user. Check the weight of the user. As you choose from a list of medical walkers, you must verify the maximum weight capacity of each walking aid. If it can't support the user then you have bought a useless walker.
- Handgrips. Choose walkers with handgrips that are comfortable for the user. Common handgrips are molded plastic and foam rubber. Some of them are also adjustable for a stable grip.
- Leg frames. You can choose between 3-legged walker and 4-legged walker. Three leg frames provide improved maneuverability. Four leg frames also allow users to maneuver especially through tougher terrains. Unlike 3-legged walkers, a walker with four leg frames is more stable; hence, it is good for individuals who go outdoors. But since it is bulkier, it would be recommended to choose 3-legged walkers in smaller areas and tight spaces.
- Wheels and brakes. Rollators are designed with wheels and brakes. For indoor use, smaller wheels are more suitable while larger wheels are good for uneven terrain allowing easier push. Like bikes, wheels of rollators can also be fixed. Rollators’ brakes can either be pressure, cable or locking. Hand brakes are necessary for securing your rollator while resting.
- Environment. Choose the right medical walker based on the environment where the user lives in. As mentioned above, there are specifications to remember. The requirements of a good medical walker for tight spaces may vary greatly with those that are suitable for even and larger spaces. Sometimes, it boils down from your use whether indoor or outside.
- Additional features. To provide convenience, there are medical walkers today that are designed with wire baskets and padded backrest. If you think this would be of importance to the user, consider choosing a medical walker with such features.
After checking on the considerations mentioned above, browse through the Internet for useful information such as product reviews and users guide before buying the medical walker. It must be kept in mind that in order to aid users with great mobility and safety, you should meet the needs of the users.