If you’re in need of a walker, your basic options are rolling and standard. Your doctor and/or physiotherapist will recommend the version that’s right for you. While a rolling walker with three or four wheels allows you to move relatively quickly, a slower standard walker might be what you need.
Whichever kind you wind up with, your walker will need to be maintained to serve you well and safely. After all, your walker allows you to be mobile, and you don’t want to have an accident because of poor maintenance. Follow these safety tips:
- If you’re using a rolling walker, make sure the wheels are clean and roll smoothly. Also check the brakes and seat at least once a month.
- Use tennis balls or skids on the back legs. These will allow your walker to move more freely.
- Make sure the rubber tips on the walker are in good condition, and replace them as necessary.
- Avoid overloading your walker with bags, as this can cause it to tip.
- If your walker is broken, don’t use it until it’s repaired.
While you’re making sure that your walker stays in tip-top shape, consider these additional user tips:
- If you have prescription glasses and a hearing aid, make sure you wear them when you’re using your walker. Also wear sturdy shoes. Avoid long pants or a skirt, which can pose a tripping hazard.
- Be alert to other hazards, such as a wet floor, pets, clothing or rugs.
- Keep a safe distance between yourself and the person in front of you.
- When you open your walker, make sure it’s locked in place.
- If you tend to get dizzy when you stand, steady yourself before you start walking.
- Move furniture if necessary to ensure that your walker can navigate the space.
While most walkers are durable and sturdy, you may require a repair on occasion. It’s best to let your medical equipment supplier make the repair. Here at Power Mobility and Lifts, we pride ourselves on the service we provide to mobility-product users not only in Phoenix, but also across the rest of Arizona. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need advice.