January 10, 2024 3 min read
Walking with a foldable walking frame can be a transformative experience, providing essential two-handed support and enabling elderly individuals to move with confidence and independence. Whether your loved one has a standard frame with four rubber stoppers or a wheeled version, it is important to know how to use the walking frame correctly.
Below, we will delve into the specifics of how to use a walking frame, addressing different types available and offering practical tips for safe and effective mobility.
How to properly use a foldable walking frame
1. Using a standard walking frame with four rubber stoppers
Lift the frame and place it one step forward, making sure all four rubber stoppers are firmly planted on the ground. Take a step forward with one leg, transferring your weight through the frame, and then bring the other leg alongside. It is essential not to step too far ahead to maintain balance. Using a standard walking frame allows users to have a sturdy two-handed form of support, providing them with the balance and confidence to walk around on their own.
2. Walker equipped with wheels and rear glides
For elderly individuals who can stand with minimal support but require extra assistance during walks, the wheeled walker with rear glides - such as the Stander EZ Fold-N-Go Walker, is the go-to choice. Compared to a standard walking frame, the rear glides design allows users to simply glide the walker, rather than having to lift the walker with every step. For those who prefer the walker to be more nimble, there is an option to unlock the wheels to allow for them to swivel, which makes turning easy.
Before walking, stand tall and grip the handles securely with both hands. Glide the frame forward gently, take a step forward with one leg, transferring your weight forward, and then bring the other leg past the first. This type of walker is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. There is also an option to add on glide socks to the rear glides to protect the home flooring from scratches.
3. Maintaining proper posture and alignment
Maintaining an upright and comfortable posture is crucial when using a walking frame. Adjust the height such that the elbows are bent naturally when the user is standing tall. Keep the walker always close to your body to enjoy maximum support and stability. Proper posture enhances stability and ensures a more comfortable walking experience.
4. Navigating obstacles and stairs safely
Tread carefully around obstacles, using the stability of your walking frame to navigate uneven surfaces. Under no circumstances should you attempt to climb stairs without a proper handrail or railing. Seek guidance from an occupational therapist to learn the proper technique for conquering stairs safely—prioritise safety in all mobility endeavours.
How to maintain your foldable walking frame
1. Regular cleaning and maintenance
Proper maintenance is key to ensuring the longevity of your foldable walking frame. Regularly inspect the frame for any loose bolts, screws, or damaged parts. If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further damage. Clean the frame regularly using a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris, paying special attention to moving parts.
2. Checking wheels and rear glides
For walking frames equipped with wheels, it is crucial to inspect them regularly. Ensure that the wheels spin freely without any wobbling or resistance. If you have a walker with rear glides, check to ensure that the glides are not worn out, and replace them when necessary.
The benefits of using mobility aids such as a foldable walking frame or walkers first involves choosing the right mobility aid, based upon the user’s needs and mobility level, and adopting proper techniques to move around safely and independently. Whether you opt for the standard walking frame with four rubber stoppers or the upgraded wheeled version with rear glides, use this comprehensive guide to unlock the full potential of your walking frame.
At The Golden Concepts, we curate a wide range of quality elderly care equipment to enable our loved ones to age well, including an extensive range of mobility aids to keep our seniors safe and independent. Contact us today to learn more about our products.
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