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Healthy Tips for Seniors: Walker Safety

Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 2, 2019 9:10:00 AM

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Healthy Tips for Seniors: Join the Walk and Roll, Learn about Walker Safety

Join us March 8th at “Walk and Roll,” 2pm to 3pm, Green Room

Assistive Devices such as Walkers are very common among the elderly population.  Walkers can be used temporarily or as a 

woman in walker_senior living houstonmeans of maintaining safety precautions when ambulating.  Although a walker can aid a person with moving around more safely and independently, it is important to make sure the walker is being used correctly.  Improper use of a walker can increase the risk of fall and/or injury.

Safety precautions when using a walker include:

  1. Adjusting the height of the walker is very important. The correct height will ensure that the proper posture of the body is maintained. Your hands should lay on top of the walker with arms relaxed and slightly bent at the elbow at about 15 degrees.
  2. When you walk it is important to push the walker slightly in front of you, rather then step into the walker. Do not keep the walker too far ahead of you and always look in front of you when walking.
  3. To come to a sitting position
    1. Back up until your legs touch your chair
    2. Use your hands to feel behind for the seat of the chair or arms
    3. Slowly lower into the chair, using the chair arms for support if needed
 4.   To come to a standing position
    1.  Hold the chair’s arms and push up using your arms
    2.  Don’t ever pull on or tilt the walker to help you stand
    3. Stand for 1 minute to make sure you feel stable and balanced before starting to walk

5. Using the appropriate walker for your specific needs is very important. The two main types of walkers are:

    1. Folding Walker: This walker is used for seniors who need to put significant weight onto the walker. This type of walker can also be obtained with front wheels that are used by seniors  who need to put some weight on the walker (but not all)
    2. Rollator Walker: This style of walker is used for balance, and often has a seat to provide a space for rest. This Walker also has brakes that are used to come to a stop when walking

Understanding which walker to use is very important. Your Physician or a Physical therapist can assist with making this choice

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Senior Allegiance and Absolute Therapy are hosting a “Walk and Roll” on March 8, 2017 at 2pm to3pm
to discuss walker safety  and any related questions you may have!

Let our physical therapists adjust the walker because they’re experts.

 

Also always remember to consult with your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

For more Information, call Karina Walker, Administrator, RN at Senior Allegiance at 713-975-1519

References:  https://dailycaring.com/how-to-use-a-walker-safely-and-comfortably/ ; https://www.caring-for-aging-parents.com/walkers-for-elderly.html

 

This independent living in Houston community is fortunate to have the expertise of a nurse from a home health care Houston company, Senior Allegiance Home Health, to advise assisted living Houston residents on best care practices. Click www.treemont.com/blog to view more Healthy Tips for Seniors.

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