Physical Activity and Heart Disease
Healthy Tips for Seniors: Join the Walk and Roll, Learn about Walker Safety
Join us on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th at 1:30pm, in the Auditorium
Assistive Devices such as Walkers are very common among the elderly population. Walkers can be used temporarily or as ameans 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- To come to a sitting position
- Back up until your legs touch your chair
- Use your hands to feel behind for the seat of the chair or arms
- Slowly lower into the chair, using the chair arms for support if needed
- Hold the chair’s arms and push up using your arms
- Don’t ever pull on or tilt the walker to help you stand
- 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:
- 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)
- 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
Let our physical therapists adjust the walker because they’re experts.
Also always remember to consult with your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
References: https://dailycaring.com/how-to-use-a-walker-safely-and-comfortably/ ; https://www.caring-for-aging-parents.com/walkers-for-elderly.html