10 Things to Consider When Buying Medical Walkers

10 Things to Consider When Buying Medical Walkers

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10 Things to Consider When Buying Medical WalkersAre you in the market for purchasing medical walkers? If so, there are several things to consider before you choose the walker that’s right for you.

Here are 10 things to consider when buying medical walkers:

  1. How big is it? Your walker should be the right size for you, it shouldn’t be too big or too small, which can make using the device uncomfortable and dangerous. Ideally the top of the walker should be at your hands when your arms are straight.
  2. How much does it weigh? If you, a family member, or caretaker will be moving the walker from place to place a lot, it might be better to have a lighter device. On the opposite hand, walkers that are lighter won’t hold a lot of weight, so people that weigh more will probably need a heavier walker.
  3. What type of handles does it have? Certain people prefer different grips and you should choose a material that’s comfortable for you. Handles can be plastic, rubber, foam, or soft cloth.
  4. Does it have wheels? Walkers with wheels are more ideal for people who move around a lot, but if you want to move slower or are afraid of falling, you should consider a walker without whels. If you do choose a model with wheels, keep in mind that walkers with four large wheels are more stable, but models with three smaller wheels are easier to maneuver.
  5. What type of breaks does it have? If you get a walker with wheels, it will most likely have one of two types of breaks. The first type of breaks stop the device when you apply downard pressure on the walker, which is easier for people with limited mobility.The second type requires you to squeeze a hand-break, such as those found on bicycles.
  6. What type of material is it made of? Most walkers are made from either steel or aluminum. Steel frames, which are less expensive, are more ideal for people that weigh more. Aluminum frames on the other hand generally cost more and are better for smaller people.
  7. How does it fold? If you plan to travel a lot and need to take your walker with you in a vehicle, or if you only use it occassionally and need to store it most of the time, you should make sure that the device is easy to fold and store away.
  8. Does it have a seat? If you’re going to be moving around a lot and tend to tire easily, you should choose a walker that has a comfortable seat so you can stop and rest when necessary. If you don’t move around much or don’t get tired as easily, you could choose a walker with a basic seat or no seat at all.
  9. Does it have any storage space? If you take a lot of stuff with you when you travel, you should make sure to get a walker that has a storage basket or other free space. This is especially important if you need to take medical supplies, such as oxygen masks or medications, with you at all times.
  10. How much does it cost? The cost of your walker will depend on the type of model you choose and how many features it has. It’s easy to find a cheaper walker with little to no frills, but some people would rather pay a little more for extra comfort and safety.
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+Nancy Goebel writes about a variety of lifestyle topics, including how medical walkers can make life easier for the elderly.

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