For many elderly the mere act of walking seems like moving a mountain. As we progress in age, the muscles give way and make us unsure of our steps. The elderly therefore are forced to stay in bed or always remain seated. Walking can also be a painful process for those with injuries. But now, help comes in the form of rolling walker with seat.
Walker to the rescue
People with injuries, disabilities or the elderly with degenerating muscles find help in walkers that keep their gait steady. They get extensive support and regain their self confidence, often lost due to the increasing dependency on others.
Types of walkers
All rolling walkers are made of aluminium and have four wheels. Some variants are also available with three wheels. One can choose the handle height, the weight, the size of the wheel and so on.
- Broadly walkers are rectangular with four legs. The patient picks up the walker as he begins to walk finding great support and confidence.
- Some walkers come with wheels that have breaks. Breaks help to control the speed while walking.
- New generation walkers have attached seats that allow the user to sit on the seat, take rest and then continue walking.
Advantages of rolling walkers
There are many advantages of rolling walker with a seat:
- Rolling walkers can be moved indoors and outdoors with ease.
- On difficult or rough terrain, it can be moved without any hitch.
- Rolling walkers do not have to be lifted up for each step as compared to traditional walkers, so it requires less effort.
- As it takes minimum effort to walk with rolling walkers, it can be carried for long outings.
- Reduce the chances of a fall.
- They come in various sizes, shapes, and colours.
- They come with a seat and a basket. The basket can be used to carry items with the hands kept free for manoeuvring the walker.
Variants of rolling walkers
There are many variants available for rolling walkers. They are as follows:
- Folding rolling walkers
- Rolling walkers with seat
- Rolling walkers with seat and basket
- Larger wheels for active people
- Removable backs
However, there are some disadvantages of the rolling walker too.
Disadvantages of rolling walker
Compared to a standard walker, rolling walkers with seats have a few disadvantages:
- They are less stable than a standard walker which needs to be picked up for each step.
- They require more coordination between the hand and the body.
- The front wheels do not rotate and therefore the turning axis is large.
- While sitting on the seat of the rolling walker, it is important to place it against the wall or sturdy surface lest it moves and the user falls.
- Patients should never be carried with him in the seat of the walker. It is unstable and he may fall on the head.
Many companies are now working on deasigns to provide more comfort for those using walkers.