Walker Fitting Savoy, IL

Walker Fitting

Decreasing strength and mobility is, unfortunately, part of aging, along with difficulty getting around and fear of fall, limited mobility also increases isolation and elderly adults are vulnerable to depression following the loss of mobility. Thankfully, there are a number of assistive devices that can help the mobility-impaired restore their independence. In fact, some of these devices may even be covered in-part by Medicare. Whether you want to spend more time with your loved ones, remain engaged with your community, or just go shopping for groceries, there’s an assistive device that can help.

Finding the right mobility aid means selecting a highly personalized solution. From the type of terrain you cover in your daily activities, to postural support or other special needs, it’s crucial to find the perfect fit to maximize your mobility. A comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of the most common mobility solutions can help you take the first step towards finding the assistive devices that are right for you.

Providing a wide base of support, older adults may find that a walker is a great way to help provide balance if they are recovering from a recent injury or surgery. Well suited for indoor use, walkers provide far more stability than canes and are highly adjustable in order to perfectly suit an individual’s height and weight. Walkers are also easy to fold down for transport, typically weighing between 6 and 15 lbs.

While standard walkers are useful for restoring mobility inside your home, they’re not as adept at handling the kind of uneven terrain that’s common outdoors. Wheeled walkers, such as four-wheeled rollators, have a wider range of movement that’s specially adapted for traveling outside. Compared to wheelchairs and scooters, walkers are one of the lightest mobility aids available and are a good choice for those who only need a little extra help getting around.

Types of Walkers

  • Standard Walker – Also known as a medical walker. Standard walkers are popular because they provide the most support of any mobility device. They must be lifted to move, and so require the user to have some upper body strength. Standard walkers can be difficult for long trips because it is quite tiring to lift it for every step. They also slow the user down substantially
  • Rolling Walker – A rolling walker is one with wheels. The wheels can be front-only or on the front and the back, but never the back alone. Rolling walkers can allow the user a faster pace because they do not need to be lifted with each step. They are somewhat less stable than a standard walker, but still quite effective. Rolling walkers are a good option for someone who wants the extra support but plans on walking outside or moving more freely.
  • 4-Wheeled Walkers – “Rollator” is another name for a four-wheel walker. They always have brakes to help users stabilize them and are great for outdoor use. They allow the user to move as quickly as is safe because they are not slowed by having to lift. Most come equipped with some kind of basket or bag to hold personal items.
  • 3-Wheeled Walkers – Are great for those who need to navigate tight spaces. They have a tighter turning radius and can be folded to fit through narrow doorways. Most three wheel rollators come with some sort of pouch, making it easy to carry your things. Four-wheel rollators often come with a seat, or can have one attached. Three wheel rollators, however, cannot accommodate a seat. If a resting area is important to you, you should be considering a four wheel rollator.

Walker accessories make your life easier. Most of them are designed to carry items for you while you deal with only the walker or rollator.

  • Walker Glides – Walker glides are smooth walker feet that can be dragged across the ground during use. They are often the first thing to wear out on a walker and need to be replaced often. Consider upgrading to a ski glide if your original glides are wearing quickly. Walker balls can also replace glides in some circumstances.
  • Walker Bags – A walker bag or basket is the most popular type of accessory. They carry personal belongings while the user’s hands are tied up by the walker.
  • Walker Trays – Walker trays are another popular accessory. They are perfect for transporting food and drink safely and easily.

What happens when a Walker is not fitted right for you?

It’s not uncommon for a senior to borrow or use a walker that a friend or neighbor had used. When this happens, Walker if not adjusted and fitted for the person who’s using it now. This could lead to some unfortunate events including falls.

If a Walker is not fitted right for you, this could result in the following:

  • Poor posture
  • Back pain and/or stiffness
  • Increase your risk of fall (beats the reason for using a walker)
  • Change your normal walking rhythm

For more information, Contact us at Savoy, IL center.