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Do you have trouble walking independently? Do you feel unsafe or off-balance when standing on your feet? If so, getting a walker or rollator to help you is a wise choice. When set to the appropriate height of its user, a walker or rollator can help a person enjoy mobility with increased safety and independence.

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we offer both medical walkers and rollator walkers. In this week’s blog, we will discuss how these walkers make walking a much safer experience.

They provide safety from falling.

It’s no secret that slips and falls are huge concerns for both seniors and people with mobility issues. These mishaps are top culprits for hospitalizations in Canada. “From 2015–2016 to 2017–2018, the volume of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors increased by 9%,” reports the Canadian Institute for Health Information, “The main cause of such hospitalizations among seniors during that period was falls, the volume of which increased by 9%.”

Walkers offer maximum support. They enable people to keep upright and avoid dangerous slips and falls. “The greatest benefit a senior can avail by using walkers is that these devices offer maximum support to the user, especially the ones which have a front wheel,” says India’s ElderEase.

They help you to walk with greater speed.

Many walker users do have the ability to walk independently. However, they’re unable to walk long distances comfortably. Many other individuals aren’t able to walk all that fast. With a rollator, however, a person can pick up his/her pace safely. The wheels on a rollator make it very easy to push along. This is especially important for individuals who may not have very much upper body strength.

“An advantage of a wheeled walker is that it allows you to walk with greater speed,” points out physical therapist, Brett Sears on VeryWellHealth.com, “Like the standard walker, the wheeled walker is usually foldable for easy storage and transport…A walker will help provide stability and support and allow you to maintain weight-bearing restrictions while walking.”

They are lightweight mobility devices.

The last thing a person with a mobility issue wants is an added problem from his/her mobility device. What good is such a device if it is difficult or burdensome to use? Walkers are known for being both lightweight and easily portable. As India’s ElderEase informs us, walkers are lightweight assistive devices that are often recommended by doctors to elderly people.

“Their light weight makes them more desirable among seniors who need additional support to perform their daily activities,” says their website, “Leading manufacturers make these devices specifically for the aged people who do not have the physical strength to push heavy mobility aids. The fact that walkers for senior citizens in India are easy to push around, makes them more popular among seniors.”

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we always ensure that you have the complete picture to make an informed decision. You will know all of the possible options so you can choose which solution is best for you. To learn all about our walkers and rollators, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!