As Seniors age, they often experience joint pain, less mobility, and the need for further assistance to prevent falling and support a better range of movement. Walking aids like a cane or walker allow Seniors to move when and how they want with independence and confidence.
Dangers of Falling
According to the CDC, one in four Seniors report falling in a given year, and 64 out of 100,000 Seniors die of age-related falls. Falls also cause fractures in the hip, wrist, pelvis, and other areas, resulting in the need for surgeries, elongating the recovery process, and further putting the Senior`s life at risk. There are numerous ways to prevent falls and ensure Seniors have a long and injury-free life. One such way is a walking aid like walkers or canes.
Making the Right Choice
As a Senior, it’s important to assess and decide which walking aid is right for you or a Senior loved one. This is dependent upon current mobility and movement problems as well as health issues. It’s important to assess the main reason you need the assistance and how much of your weight needs to be supported.
Before choosing a walking aid, consult with your doctor. They will know your health history and help you make the most educated decision for your needs. You may also explore online resources to prepare you for a decision.
Ways Walkers Support Seniors
Walkers are a wonderful way for Seniors to get the support and leverage they need to move with ease. Walkers are a more supportive form of walking aid, supporting up to half of your body weight. They also better support and prevent hip and joint pain if it occurs on both sides of your body.
Types of Walkers to Consider
- Two Wheels – a front walker is most common. These have front wheels and inhibit a “runaway walker” issue by having posts at the back of the walker. For those with poor balance, this walker may be the best choice.
- Three-wheeler – three-wheelers have one wheel in front and two in the back. These walkers are perfect for smaller living quarters but do require the user to have better balance since they don’t have posts to stand on.
- Four-wheeler – four-wheelers have better mobility over uneven surfaces and usually have a seat to allow the Senior to rest between walks. Since the walker has all wheels, it is recommended for those who have decent mobility and balance already and just need a little assistance.
Consider a Cane
For Seniors who don’t need as much support, just a walking aid on one side of the body, a cane may be the perfect choice for you! Canes support up to 25% of your weight and are the perfect intro to when Seniors first notice balance issues.
Seniors should consider whether they want a quad base, providing more support and stability, or a single point base to help Seniors periodically steady themselves. There are also numerous types of handles, from the rounded handle or offset handle to the t-shape handle, all with different benefits.
Safety Above All
Whether you choose a cane, walker, or other walking aid, the most important factor is whether it fits your health, safety, and lifestyle needs! Talking to a doctor and gathering information on what would be the best fit is crucial to ensuring you or a Senior loved one remain comfortable and safe from falls. At Bridge to Better Living of Northern Kentucky, we ensure all of your needs are met and taken care of as you transition to new living arrangements. Contact us today for passionate, caring, and educated consulting where we will find the safest fit for you or a Senior loved one!