When you find it difficult to get around due to challenges resulting from ageing, injury, or disability, a walking frame can be a helpful assistant for you. Walking frames help prevent instability by providing a steady platform, while also being light and portable.
Walking frames for the elderly traditionally were made to work in a similar manner to how a walking stick is used. Modern walking frames have the option of wheels. These wheeled walkers are far easier to manoeuvre than traditional walking frames.
Different types of walking frames are available, which is why you should always seek expert advice about which model will be best for you. Don’t be tempted to buy the most expensive one thinking it will be the best for all situations, and similarly don’t go for the cheapest in the false belief that all walking frames are the same.
Homecare Equipment Services has the largest and best range of mobility frames in Adelaide. We have just about every kind of wheeled walking frame available, and we can provide recommendations for the most suitable walking frame to meet your needs.
The “Lift and Carry” Walking Frame
This is the oldest and most familiar style of walking frame, invented in the mid 20th century, and improved only by the addition of small front wheel castors. This is a, light, and simple walking frame, recommended for those who are looking to rebuild strength and coordination via rehabilitation, and best used for short distances around the home.
Using your lift and carry-walking frame is similar in principle to using a wheel barrow. You lift the rear legs off the ground and roll the front legs forward as you walk, placing the rear legs down again when you need to rest or feel like you may be going to lose your balance.
While the frame is indeed very light, it does still require some effort to lift and carry it.
Rollator Walking Frames
A rollator frame is the logical evolution of the lift and carry type walking frame. This model comes with two wheels at the front, providing easier mobility in most situations, with no need for any lifting or carrying.
Rollators are very easy to use, and usually the most recommended type of walking frame for most people who will benefit from the use of a walking frame around the home.
It is best to become familiar with those areas where you are most likely to be walking, and choose routes which are confortable and easy to move freely. This will reduce the likelihood that you will need to lift the frame around obstacles such as furniture and tables.
Four Wheel Walkers with Push-Down Brakes
This model of walking frame works similarly to the luggage carts used in airports. You press down the handle bars to brake, and release the handle bar to move freely.
These walkers often include a carry basket.
The push-down brake model is recommended for those suffering from arthritis or hand injuries, as the brake system is easier to operate than having to squeeze a regular hand brake.
For those who need to keep weight off one foot, a steerable knee walker is ideal. The knee walker resembles a large four wheeled kick scooter, and works just the same way (though you may want to resist scooting along too fast). Knee walkers also offer a comfortable alternative to underarm crutches.
The non-scooting leg is rested upon a thick knee pad which resembles an oversized bicycle seat.
It would be sensible to note that children also find knee walkers to be attractive for playing with, so if you don’t want to risk damage to your knee walker (or kids) then it’s best to make sure the device is not easily accessible when you’re not using it.
Homecare Equipment provides a user manual for the Knee Walker and be recommend you read it before operating.
Gutter Walking Frames
The gutter walking frame is not intended for walking in gutters, but is a type of walking frame that provides a stable forearm support for those who need it.
Alternatives to Walking Frames
If your condition doesn’t warrant the need for a walking frame, you may prefer to use a quad stick or regular walking stick. If your condition is more restricted, a wheelchair may be a better option.
We are here to help
Maintaining your mobility is important for keeping body and mind in the best condition, and allowing you to retain independence and ability to live your own way.
If you need any advice about how to maintain or support greater self-dependency and independent living, get in touch with the experts at Homecare Equipment Services.We also offer a wide range of disability equipment including Wheelchairs & Paediatric Wheelchairs as well.
Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions or provide any advice you may need.