It is incredibly important for the elders to keep active and moving as much as they can. However, the likelihood of falling becomes higher with age, which is why walking devices can provide additional help and support. There are plenty of fall prevention devices designed to help aged adults maintain their stability and avoid falls so that they can continue to move around.
A cane or walking stick is one of the most basic yet common assistive devices for aged adults. A cane provides stability for improving one’s balance and relieves strain on the legs by transferring weight from the legs to the upper body. These devices are good for use on the go, as they are extremely portable. Here are some common types of canes:
- Adjustable canes: These are adjusted based on the user’s height
- Quad canes: These have four feet at the bottom for extra stability and balance
- Forearm canes: These include a forearm extension providing the upper body with additional support, and can relieve strain from the user’s hands and wrists
Canes are affordable, portable, and come in all sorts of styles and colors. Be sure to find one with the right handle grip and height.
Walkers are durable devices with feet and/or wheels and/or feet. There are several variations on the market. Some walkers are even designed like a bicycle or tricycle with a special area that can support the user’s knee. As compared to canes, walkers can support significantly greater body weight, making them better fall prevention devices for users who have moderate to severe balance and stability issues. Some walkers don’t need to be picked up at all when in use and are ideal for people with limited upper body strength. Others are portable and can be easily folded.
A rollator is a type of walker with wheels. They often come with a set of handlebars and a built-in seat and can support baskets for keeping personal items or accessories, making them convenient for getting around. Rollators with adjustable handlebars, seats and even those with hand brakes can be purchased. However, they can be very heavy and most costly than other assistive devices. The majority of rollators weigh 15 pounds, but there are lighter or heavier models available, depending on individual needs. Be sure to assess the weight capacity before purchasing a rollator.
Tips and Tricks
Here are some tips to ensure that you or your loved one uses assistive devices safely:
- Remove or do your best to avoid surrounding clutter and obstacles that could pose fall risks
- Do not use your device while going up and down the stairs; it is safer to use the handrails or a stairlift
- Avoid wet areas like the bathroom and surfaces after the rain, as the grip on assistive devices may be less effective, increasing the chances of falling
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