When you’re not used to finding walkers and other types of tools for your elderly loved one, the choices can be absolutely dizzying. It helps to know which features are going to be most helpful to your loved one so that you can make the right choice.
If the handles on the walker are adjustable, you’re able to accommodate your loved one’s height and her changing needs every day. The most common adjustment is the height of the handles, which keeps your elderly loved one from having to lean too far over the walker. Make sure that it’s easy to make the adjustment so that your loved one can take care of it herself if she needs to.
Hand Brakes that Lock
It’s essential that your loved one’s 3-wheeled walker has brakes that she can access from the handles. The best hand brakes allow your loved one to quickly and easily lock and release them as often as she needs to. This allows her to keep the walker stable when she’s standing still and using the walker to balance herself.
If the wheels on your loved one’s 3-wheeled walker are smaller, they’re going to have more difficulty, especially over rougher terrain. You’ll also want to look for wheels that have a good bit of traction without sticking to hard surfaces.
A Folding Design that Locks
One big advantage to a 3-wheeled walker is that they can fit into tight spaces a little easier. An option that makes this even better is to have a walker that folds quickly using just the handles. For safety’s sake, find one that locks when it’s in either the open or the closed position so that your loved one doesn’t have to fumble with it.
A Basket or a Bag
You don’t want your elderly loved one to have to juggle different items she wants with her as well as her walker, so having a basket or a bag in which to carry her items is essential. The bag or basket needs to be secured to the walker so that there’s no risk of it falling off the walker once your loved one gets moving.
A specialist in assistive devices can help you determine which 3-wheeled walker will best help your elderly loved one.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME ELDERLY CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.