Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Mobility Walkers - Safety tips

The saying goes “prevention is better than cure” and is fits right for people having limited mobility. People of any age can suffer from temporary or permanent limited mobility- a teenager recovering from sports injury, an elderly person with arthritis or joint pain.
Mobility walkers support half of your weight and can be helpful for people with balancing problems. But if they are not used properly, then it can result in a hardship. You wouldn’t want to get tangled up in a walker and hurt yourself. Follow simple safety tips to use a walker:

  1. Choose the correct walker- A walker provides support to people with poor balance to walk independently. There are two wheeled and four wheeled walkers which provide support and balance to those who are recovering from any injury or illness. A variety of walkers like Scure WL 104 Folding Walker with Seat, Rehaid Premium Walking Frame, Smart Care SC 966L (S) Height Adjustable Pediatric Walker etc. help in mild or moderate balancing problems. Thus, while selecting a correct walker make sure that the walker has rubber grips for your hand and non-skid wheels which prevent you from sliding. 
  2. How to use a walker? After selecting the right walker for you, the next safety step should be its usage. To stand up- put the walker in front of you and slide forward in the chair. Grasp the arms of the chair and raise yourself. Balance yourself on the walker until you’re ready to walk. Always make sure that while moving forward with the walker it should be firmly set on the ground. To sit down- Stand with the back of your legs against the chair. Grab the seat arms and slowly slide back into the chair. 
  3. Modify your home and kitchen- Modifying your house by simply rearranging some furniture or putting in a few handrails can be very simple. Make sure that the path from one room to another or to the kitchen should be clear of all hurdles. Installing ramp for walkers or wheelchairs and grab bars for stairs can also be of great help. Keep the kitchen floor dry. Put paper towels or floor wipes for cleanups. 
  4. Travel in groups- If you have friends or relatives who also use walkers, try to convince them to join you on walks. That way you can look out for each other in case of any emergency. 
If you are ready to take charge of your mobility then we have everything you need to aid your mobility experience. Just visit: healthvistas and we would help you to make a perfect choice.

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