Outdoor Safety Tips for Seniors Using Walkers

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A decrease in mobility is a common ailment among the elderly. It is characterised by muscle weakness and joint pain. It is frustrating because you cannot do activities vivaciously anymore. However, it should not stop you from enjoying the little things. This is the time that you need to admit you need outdoor walkers for seniors.

Walkers encourage the seniors to remain independent and safe. It provides stability and assurance – if it is used properly. If it is not used properly, walkers can lead to accidents. With this, it is critical to choose a walker that will suit your needs. The first thing that you need to do is to talk to your doctor or physical therapist about your options. They will know what is best for your medical condition.

You have to know that there are many walker styles such as hemi walker, standard or folding walker, two-wheel or front-wheel walker, three-wheel walker or four-wheel walker. Each will provide you with different level of strength and stability. As soon as you have a walker that suits your needs, you need to consider safety tips. Here are some tips:

When preparing to stand

When you are preparing to stand, you need to ensure that the brakes are engaged. To make sure that you do it right, you can either put both hands on the chair first or put one hand on the chair and the other on the walker. Do not put all your weight on the walker because it could make it move putting you in potential danger.

Lean forward until some of your weight is on your feet and then use your legs to stand. More importantly, do not move forward until you are sure of your balance. You can now unlock the breaks and start to walk.

When walking in new areas

When you are walking in new areas, you need to tread slowly until you are familiar with the area. While walking, be attentive and watch out for anything that could be in your way like children, rugs, clothing, and pets. This means you have to look ahead when walking to anticipate the surface. More importantly, do not use the walker when you are on the escalator.

When turning around

When you turn around, remember to keep your body parallel to the walker. Do not twist your back because there is a possibility of pulling a muscle. Keep in mind to move the walker as you turn.

When sitting down

When you plan to sit down, do not forget to engage the locks and only sit if you are sure of your balance. Slowly move the walker away so you can bend forward.

When using a wheeled walker 

Using a wheeled walker is like pushing the shopping cart. Before you start walking, be sure that the walker is in front of you – it should be a foot ahead of you. Then as you walk, gently push it.

Your safety is always important. If you are having a hard time, do not hesitate to ask for help. If you use walkers incorrectly, it will even lead to more problems at the end of the day.