Walking frames are a great way for elderly people to get around. They provide support and stability, which can help prevent falls. There are many different types of walking frames available on the market, so it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. In this blog post, we will discuss the 6 best walking frames for elderly people. We will compare and contrast the different features of each frame so that you can find the perfect one for your needs!
At JB Medical, we have a passion for helping those in need of extra support. Assisting elderly people, and individuals dealing with medical conditions or injury are what we specialise in, and we pride ourselves on it. We understand how difficult it can be to adjust to living with a chronic medical condition. Read on to find out which of our walkers would best suit your needs.
Canes and Crutches
As we get older, balance and stability can begin to falter. Canes and crutches are usually one of the most common forms of walking assistance a senior is likely to use. They’re great for preventing falls while still enabling a lot of independence.
Our own body weight tends to put a strain on our lower body after some time, canes help by transferring that weight to the upper body, making it easier to get around. It’s important to assess the individual’s needs and consider whether this walking aid is right for the person, or not.
The forms that canes and crutches come in are quad canes, underarm crutches, forearm crutches, and gutter crutches. Users of this form of mobility aid tend to struggle with excessive pressure being put on their hands and wrists.
Elderly people have a higher chance of developing arthritis all throughout their body and specifically in joint areas. So, utilizing a cane or crutch may not be ideal for those dealing with arthritic conditions.
Benefits of Walkers
Walking aids are advantageous in avoiding falls, and they allow you to stay active without the help of a caregiver or loved one. When walking, this equipment is generally used as an additional source of support and stability.
They aid in supporting your body weight and reducing muscular and joint strain by supporting your body weight. Walker frames are adjustable in height and width to fit most body types, which is an added bonus. Most models come with a seat or basket that can be used to store belongings while you’re on the go, making them perfect for travel.
They also have brakes that allow you to stop quickly and safely without fear of falling. Walker frames are available in many different styles with varying features.
Types of Walkers
Deluxe Tray Trolley Walker
Deluxe Tray Trolley Walker is easy to manoeuvre in confined spaces. They come complete with a brake system so you don’t ever have to worry about crashing. It’s perfect for transporting food and goods around any environment and comes with removable trays which make for super easy cleaning. The handlebars are height adjustable which is great to cater to your specific needs.
JB Ball Walker
JB Ball Walker is perfect for those who are looking for something that won’t take up much space and is easy to move around. Designed with aluminium materials and four non-slip rubber tips, it’s created to last you a long time. This walker has the option of attaching wheels and skis, which is great for catering to individualistic needs.
JB Gutter Walker
The JB Gutter Walker is perfect for those who are in gait training. It can help improve your ability to stand and walk. Your doctor may recommend gait training if you’ve had an illness or injury that affects your ability to get around. It may help you gain independence in walking. This walker is designed to keep you in an upright position and is easily foldable making for easy storage. It is also height adjustable which is great for taller or shorter individuals, you can customise it for your needs.
JB Side Fold Walker
JB Side Fold Walker is lightweight and easy to transport. It is supplied with four non-slip rubber tips and is also height adjustable. There is the option of wheels and skis for this walker also, so if you’re needing that extra assistance with your mobility aid, it can be easily done for your convenience,
Standard Tray Trolley Walker
Standard Tray Trolley Walker is designed for indoor use, particularly to transport items from one area to the other. The lower level of the trolley is recessed, which is great as it provides extra legroom for the user as they walk and push from behind. Trays are removable making for easy clean-up and come with four swivel castors that provide great maneuverability.
Trekker Walker is infamous among all and is a favourite for its great features and studies. It can be used both indoors and outdoors, folds easily for great storage, and has adjustable height options. This walker comes paired with a padded seat which is great for the elderly who need to take frequent breaks when going for a walk. It also comes with a wire basket or privacy bag, so you can place your special belongings somewhere safe without having to think about how you’re going to bring them along with you. This walker has thought of everything and is very user-friendly.
How to Decide on Which Walker is Best for You
When deciding on which walker is best for you, it’s important to consider what your needs are. If you’re needing something lightweight and easy to transport, the JB Side Fold Walker or Trekker Walker would be a great option.
If you need a walker that can be used indoors and outdoors, the Standard Tray Trolley Walker or Trekker Walker would be great options. And if you’re needing something that can help with your gait training, the JB Gutter Walker is a perfect option.
It’s important to gauge what features are most important for you and make the decision from there. Another important thing to think about is discussing things with your healthcare professional.
Healthcare professionals can help you immensely when making a decision about which walker is right for you. If you deal with arthritic conditions or have hip pain, ligament conditions or any other injuries, these are very important things to discuss without your doctor.
In the situation where a walker may not be right for you, your doctor will discuss wheelchair options that might be more suited to your needs. If this is the case, we at JB Medical can also help provide what you need. We provide a variety of wheelchairs along with the list of mobility aid walkers we have listed here in this blog.