As people get older, the likelihood of mobility issues increases. Individuals can find walking more challenging due to various factors such as hip replacement, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and more. Some people rely on canes, but a cane doesn’t offer full-body support and can lead to a fall. Luckily, upright walkers provide a solution that gives people back their mobility and independence. If you’ve been on the fence about getting an upright walker, keep reading to learn about this device’s benefits.
The standard walker has the user lean over, which could be worse for posture. Over time, this position can cause back and spine pain, joint pain, and poor blood circulation. An upright walker not only reduces this risk but improves posture overall. As the walker encourages a completely upright walking position, the individual can see improvement in their stance. These benefits can lead to a more muscular physique, improved confidence, and a more active lifestyle.
Stability & Improved Safety
A traditional walker requires that the user leans forward, which puts them in an unstable position. Similarly, a cane requires the person to lean to one side, reducing stability. Reduced stability leads to falls. Older people tend to have more fragile bones so these falls can cause severe damage.
In comparison, an upright walker offers support as the person is perpendicular to the ground in a stable position. Additionally, upright walkers have a few features that also improve safety. The molded arm features make it easier to use an upright walker for an extended time. Users can also easily transition from a standing position to a seated position when they get too tired. The user can lock the brakes when seated to ensure the walker doesn’t suddenly jolt.
An upright walker is entirely adjustable for the user’s unique requirements. You can adjust the height, the armrest positions, and more. This ensures that the user is comfortable at all times. Some additional comfort features are:
- Molded armrests that reduce wrist or arm strain
- A back support strap for when the user is sitting down in the walker
- A locking mechanism that is easily accessible in the front so the user can take a break any time they need to.
Many seniors may have limited mobility but a sharp mind. This means that while they still have the desire and ability to carry on conversations, run errands, and remain social, their body limits them from doing everything they want. An upright walker offers independence by making mobility less of an issue. With the help of an upright walker, activities such as running to the store, going to the local community center, or going for a walk, become possible. This independence can increase confidence, happiness, and overall quality of life.
Copper Star Home Medical offers walkers of all varieties to help seniors regain mobility and independence. Please look at our upright walker models to see which one is right for you.