Choosing Walkers for Any Situation:
As people get on in years, or when they are recovering from an injury, it can be difficult for them to move around without additional support. In this case, medical walkers are an excellent way for patients to maintain their independence while traveling safely from place to place. There are many medical walkersavailable that fulfill a variety of patient needs.
A double button folding walker is a great option for a patient who has limited movement in their hands. The dual button system helps the walker fold with no trouble at all, and it can easily be operated with either the fingers or the palm of the hands. The frame is lightweight for easy movement, especially through tight spaces, but the steel crossbar makes it completely sturdy and durable.
When a patient is recovering from an injury or procedure on their foot, walking is sometimes impossible, even with the aid of a walker. A knee walker lets these patients continue to move independently by resting the knee of their afflicted foot on the walker. It can be easily adjusted for any height as well as for left or right handed use and folds up conveniently for storage when it is not in use.
If a patient has more body weight to support they will, of course, need a walker that is designed for their body. A heavy duty bariatric walker has a deep and wide frame that is specifically designed to fit the needs of larger patients. It can support a patient as tall as 6’10” and who weight as much as 700 pounds. It is easy to operate with dual release buttons and provides an audible clicking sound to let the patient or caregiver know that it is securely in place. Specialty Medical Supply is the most trusted name in the medical marketplace for walkers and walker accessories.
Medical walkers alone are not always enough to keep a patient mobile and independent and, for that reason, there are many accessories available. For example, a basket can be added to most walkers so that patients can carry around their necessary items while keeping their hands free for the walker. Patients may also choose to replace the wheels or brakes on their walker for easier access and improved range of motion.
Having an injury or condition that prevents walking can be inconvenient to say the least, but medical walkers make it much easier on patients. There are walkers available for various body types as well as different types of injuries, including those to the feet. Regardless of the medical situation, it should be easy to find a walker that will relieve some of the burden.
Buying a Walker Guide
What You Need to Know About Selecting the right Adult Walker, Junior Walker or Bariatric Walker.
There are many types of Walkers and are made by several different manufacturers. We have always stayed consistent on the types and brands of walkers we have carried over the past 10 years based on the customer feedback and more importantly the manufacturer’s quality and honoring of any warranty issues that might arise. It is important in knowing how to select the type and size of walker that will fit and provide a safe purpose for the person using it. Our Walker Buying Guide will help you understand the differences between the different types of Walkers, how to measure a walker and which walker will help you reach your goals of safety and independence.
There are basically two types of walkers: there are regular walkers which come in adult or junior sizes based only on the patients height and there is heavy duty walkers or also known as bariatric walkers. We will talk about the different types of walkers below to help you make the right purchase and to learn as much as you need in this helpful guide.
Standard Walkers are typically composed of an aluminum frame with four legs. They are designed as a mobility aid for people who need balance and support when
Heavy Duty Walkers:
walking or standing. A Standard Medical Walker can be configured with wheels in the front and glides in the back to aid the user when moving forward. Adult Walkers call for some degree of upper body strength because you place weight on your arms as you lift the Walker up and down a step ahead of you, instead of pushing it forward. Storing and transporting a adult walker is made easy because each of the sides of the walker fold in on itself and they are very lightweight. Medical Walkers usually weigh about 5-7lbs without the wheels and if you add the walker wheels it will add about 1lb to the overall weight. Standard walkers come in two style options. The adult walker is usually for patients 5’4” and up and the junior walker style is usually for patients that are shorter than 5’4”, but it always is a good idea to check the handle height ranges on each walker before you purchase one.
Heavy Duty walkers are made for the heavier patients that need a wider area between the rear legs and can hold the heavier weight capacities for safety and peace of mind. The main differences between the heavy duty walkers and the standard walkers are the overall width and weight of the walker. The heavy duty walkers typically weight around 7-9lbs without the front wheels. One question we get everyday is can I get a walker tray or walker basket for my bariatric or extra wide walker and the answer is no. There is not one company that we know of that makes a walker tray or basket for any of the extra wide or bariatric walkers. The only options available for the heavy duty walkers is 5 inch fixed wheels for the front two legs.
How to Choose a Walker
There are several questions you want to consider when shopping for a Walker. The Most frequently asked questions we receive about walkers and what features you need to consider is below:
Weight Capacity: Walkers have a recommended weight capacity. Most Standard Walkers have a weight capacity of 250-300 lbs. The heavy duty walkers or bariatric walkers have a weight capacity of 300-550lbs. It is very important when purchasing your walker that you make sure that the patient weights is not higher than the recommended weight capacity of the walker.
User Height: It is always important to consider the recommended user height when choosing a Walker. Most designs are designed to be adjustable giving you the ability to adjust the height of the handles for an ergonomically correct fit. If you are a person of small stature, consider a Junior Walker which is designed specifically for smaller users.
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Product Weight: The weight of a walker can vary significantly depending upon the material it is constructed of- aluminum or steel. Standard walkers range from 5-7 lbs whereas steel and heavy duty walkers range from 7-9 lbs.
Walker Wheels: All walkers have many accessories that can be purchased for them but the most bought and important accessory is the walker wheels. There are two types of walker wheels available for most walkers. There is the swivel wheels which allow the walker to be turned right or left without having to pick up the walker and there are fixed wheels that will keep the walker from moving as much but require the patient to lift the walker to turn. The most popular walker wheel option is the 5 inch fixed wheels which make it easier to operate your walker outside or over thick carpet.
Folding: Do you need your walker to fold for transport? Every walker we sell folds to allow for easy storage and transport. Adult walkers will fold into a smaller and lighter area then a rollator or rolling walker will.
Options: What are the options available on a standard Walker? Accessories such as Walker Skis, Walker Glides, walker trays, walker baskets and also walker pouches can usually be attached to Standard Walkers.
Remember to review the features and specifications carefully to make sure you are choosing the product that is best for you.
This information is intended as a helpful guide when choosing a Walker.