Over time, your aging adult may have a host of different needs. This can mean using a variety of different walker styles to accommodate her needs. Depending on the situations your senior finds herself in, she may need a different type of walker. Talk with her doctor about which walker types would be best for her.
The Standard Walker
Standard walkers are like having four canes surrounding your aging adult. In order to move, she needs to step forward into the walker, pause and maintain her balance, and then lift the walker and move it forward a small amount. Then she repeats the process. Each of the four tips usually has a rubber cover that helps your senior to avoid slipping while using the walker. This type of walker is a good choice if your senior has serious balance issues and needs quite a bit of help, usually through leaning on the walker, to walk.
Two- or Three-wheeled Walkers
These types of walkers have either two or three rubber-coated wheels. In the case of the two-wheeled version, the wheels are both in the front. These types of walkers are lightweight and usually are much easier to move because of the wheels. If your senior doesn't need consistent support for the majority of her weight, these types of walkers can be an excellent choice. They usually feature a brake that keeps the walker from moving when she's stationary.
Quad walkers have four wheels, one at each corner. They usually feature handlebars and some sort of seat or basket toward the center or front of the walker. These types of walkers may also utilize hand brakes that operate like the brakes on a bike. This type of walker can be an excellent choice if your senior only needs occasional help with balance but she doesn't lean on the walker.
If your elderly family member has a foot injury and is otherwise quite mobile, she may need to use a knee walker. This type of walker looks like a scooter at first glance, but it features a padded seat for her to rest one knee on. Your senior then scoots along supporting part of her weight on the knee walker and part of her weight on her other foot.
If you're finding it difficult to manage your elderly family member's walker on your own, consider hiring elder care providers. They can show you tips and tricks they've learned over the years.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Big Timber, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.