Walking Aids have Huge Benefits for the Elderly and the Infirm

Posted by thefriendlies on April 2nd, 2018

Using the feet to walk is among the basic actions for humans and the simplest form of exercising as well. It is possible to maintain the general levels of health with regular walking. It facilitates the circulation of blood throughout the body. With age walking with conviction might become harder and harder and you might ultimately need to use some kind of walking aids for the purpose. With aging, the gait slows down and we are unable to walk as well as we used to before. This negatively affects the overall health of a person. Having a person by the side the assist during the walk might be desirable but it is not practical. Also having a hired help when needed for walking might prove be quite costly.

In such scenario, mobility aids prove to be quite useful as they allow you to be independent when walking. This way you can go when you please without depending on another while getting the required balance to stay safe and confident. Seat walkers or rollators are ideal for the purpose as these are something more than just regular walkers are. They contain seats so that you can sit down upon feeling tired. It is possible to adjust the height of the rollators as needed. As these are quite lightweight, you will be able to transport them as needed.

Walkers or the Zimmer frames are quite common walking aids with metal framework having four legs for support and stability for the users. Basic walkers contain 3-sided frame surrounding the users. The users have to lift frames and then place this further before them stepping forward and meet it and repeat the process as needed. Walkers also have glides or wheels on the leg bases so that you would be able to slide the same instead of lifting. With limited strength in the arms the second options seems highly suitable.

Some common walker types are the following:

Rollators: it contains frame and 4 wheels, seat, and handlebars that allow the users to rest. These also contain handbrakes for safety.

Walker-cane hybrids: this is cross between walker and cane. This aid contains 2 legs instead of full frame. You can use this with both the hands and a single hand to provide good support in comparison to standard crane.

Knee walkers: their design is similar to the rollators and the users are able to rest the knee upon padded cushion as they propel forward using the stronger leg.

The mobility scooters work similar to the wheelchair and these have 3-5 wheels. The users can keep their feet on the footplates and use steering wheels and the handlebars for controlling directions.  It uses battery for powering. These are ideal for you when the upper body flexibility or the required strength is not present so they cannot use the manual wheelchair. People can use the necessary training to manoeuvre the scooters in an appropriate manner. Those suffering from arthritis, diabetic wounds, ulcers, cerebral palsy, gout, or cerebral palsy would benefit from the use of walking aids.

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