As people get older, the likelihood of mobility issues increases. Individuals can find it more challenging to walk 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 offer 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 find out about all the benefits of this wonderful device.
The standard walker that has the user lean over isn’t ideal for posture. Over time, being in 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 stronger physique, improved confidence, and a more active lifestyle.
Stability & Improved Safety
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 25% of seniors over the age of 65 suffer from a fall each year. As older people tend to have more fragile bones, these falls can cause serious damage. 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, which also reduces stability.
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 a longer period of time. Users can also easily transition from a standing position to a seated position when they get too tired. When seated, the user can lock the brakes 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 back some 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 again. Having this independence can increase confidence, happiness, and overall quality of life.
Valley Medical Supplies offers walkers of all varieties to help seniors take back their mobility and their independence. Take a look at our two upright walker models (the UpWalker and UpWalker Lite) or the new Phoenix Rise Up rollator by Nova to see which one is right for you.