Walkers

When you require an aid to help you get around while still allowing your independence, a walker can be the ideal piece of equipment. There are a number of different types of walkers to choose from. Each has their own benefits that depend on your personal needs and situation.

Although many individuals who require the usage of a walker are seniors over the age of 60, there are plenty of younger people (and even children) who may need them for short or long-term use. This is due to the fact that there are countless of reasons why someone may need one. They can be prescribed following a procedure such as a hip or knee surgery.

No matter your reason for requiring a walking aid, the convenience of it will help you gain back some freedom and maintain your well-being. A walker is a medical device, and you will have better chances finding a quality one under the proper guidance such as our staff at “Family Home Health Care Centre”.

Although the following will provide you with additional information such as the various types, it is important that you consult with a medical professional such as a doctor, physical therapist or Nurse.

What Is a Walker?

A walker is a type of mobility aid that provides further support to keep you safe as you are on the move. It is a lightweight frame and most are made from aluminum. Generally, it is height-adjustable and it can come with a variety of different accessories depending on their design.

Some just come with four, non-skid rubber tipped legs. You may even see tennis balls with holes cut into them for extra stability. Others have 2-4 wheels on them. Wheeled walkers are more commonly used with people who may not need as much balance support and wish for greater mobility.

When it comes to using this mobility aid, it is important that you handle it correctly. This will ensure that you remain safe and are able to actually feel the benefits of it. Our staff, can help you fit it. Your elbows should be bent at a comfortable angle so that you know it’s not too tall or too short.

As you use your walking aid, keep in mind that your back should be straight. Leaning over can cause harm to your overall health and can increase your risk of falling, especially for seniors. Make sure to not push the device too far in front of you before stepping into it as that also raises fall risks.

The Airgo Folding Walker

Aluminum Folding Paddle Walker
Overview
The Airgo® Aluminum Folding Walker with Paddle Release is designed with quality and value in mind, it’s a modern walker that’s aesthetically nice while functionally simple. To store you safely pull up on the paddles without needing to remove your hands from the handles. Standard features include 5” walker wheels and glide tips.

 

Features:

  • A lightweight, high quality walker
  • Easy to reach paddles allow user to fold the walker safely without taking their hands off the handle
  • Simple to clean frame
  • Features 5″ (12.7 cm) walker wheels & rear glide tips
  • 1″ diameter anodized aluminum tubing
  •  Weight capacity of 300 lb

The Drive 2 Wheeled Walker

Drive Two Wheeled Walker with Seat

Features:

  • Features comfortable and convenient padded seat and backrest.
  • Quickly folds when not in use.
  • Rear leg tips act as brakes when pressed down.
  • Height adjustable handles.
  • Large swivel wheels for added maneuverability.
  • Contoured handles for a comfortable grip.

The Stander Fold n Go Walker

Fold-N-Go Walker Overview The EZ Fold & Go Walker from Stander is the world’s most lightweight and portable walker for stress free traveling! It weighs less than 8 lbs, but supports up to 400 lbs; and with the lift of a finger, it folds 4x smaller than your average walker to quickly store in your car, shopping cart, the overhead compartment of an airplane, or discreetly by your side when not in use.

Unlike traditional walkers, the Fold & Go can fit through narrow doorways and tight spaces; making it ideal for indoor use at home, while shopping, or eating at restaurants. It can adjust to fit anyone from 4’10” to 6’8”; and for extra convenience, it comes with an organizer pouch, and premium swivel wheels to maneuver in tight spaces. So whether you’re traveling the world, or simply running a quick errand, now you can enjoy the journey with the EZ Fold & Go Walker from Stander.

Features:

  •  Weighs less than 8 lbs, but supports up to 400 lbs
  • Can fit through narrow doorways and tight spaces
  • Can adjust to fit anyone from 4’10” to 6’8”
  • Comes with an organizer pouch, and premium swivel wheels to maneuver in tight spaces

The Drive Walker with Skis

Drive Walker with Ski Glides
Overview
Your walker is your key to mobility, so improving its functionality makes your life easier. And adding Glide Skis from Drive Medical does just that! Glide Skis are a great alternative to standard walker glides in that they are extra durable and provide smoother, quieter function. Simply install the Glide Skis on the rear tips of your walker and you’ll experience the ease of “gliding” over most surfaces, indoors or outdoors.

Features:

  • Allows walker to glide easily and smoothly over most surfaces.
  • Easily slides onto 1 1/8” tubing of walker.

The Invacare Walker

Invacare I-Class Paddle Walker – Available in Adult and Junior sizes Composite lower side brace stiffens walker frame and adds stability With the Invacare® Walker, providers, clinicians and consumers gain the stability they need at an economical price. Invacare Walkers offer a wide, deep frame with a large number of height adjustments and are offered in junior and adult sizes. The walker has a lower side brace for added stability and is stable, lightweight and easy to lift and maneuver. Walkers include PVC handgrips that provide comfort and long-lasting wear and anti-rattle silencers for quiet operation.

Features:

  • Composite lower side brace stiffens walker frame and adds stability
  • Folding mechanisms are easy to reach from a seated position
  • PVS handgrips wear longer and provide greater comfort
  • Walkers fold easily for transport or storage

The Drive Bariatric Folding Walker

 

 

Features:

  • For Bariatric use
  • Steel legs and side braces
  • Wider and deeper frame design accommodates individuals up to 500 lbs
  • Easy push-button mechanisms may be operated by fingers, palms or side of hand
  • Each side operates independently to allow easy movement through narrow spaces and greater stability while standing
  • Vinyl-contoured hand grip

The Drive Knee Walker

Features:

  • Knee walker can be steered for increased maneuverability
  • Ideal for individuals recovering from foot surgery, breaks, sprains, amputation and ulcers of the foot
  • Deluxe dual-braking system
  • Sturdy dual frame adds stability and durability
  • Leg pad with “channel” provides added stability and comfort
  • Tiller can be easily folded for storage and transportation
  • New foldable steering column allows for easy storage
  • Tool-free height adjustment of seat and handle
  • 8″ casters are ideal for indoor/outdoor use
  • Silver vein finish is easy-to-maintain