Walking Frames vs. Walkers: Choosing The Right Mobility Aid

September 28, 2023 4 min read

A walking frame or walker enhances a user's independence by enabling them to move around independently, without relying on another person for support. Its design aims to assist users with limited mobility to utilise the strength of the arms to take some weight off their legs so they can move about with greater ease. In addition, it also provides the user with a sturdy source of support and helps them to maintain their balance and prevent falls. 

When choosing the right mobility aid for your loved ones, it is crucial to conduct thorough research to ensure it meets their needs effectively. Prospective buyers are strongly encouraged to seek professional advice before making a purchase to choose the right device which will provide the best support for walking. An ill-fitted walker can potentially lead to shoulder strain or injury, while a device that does not provide the right level of support might end up not being utilised as the user does not derive any benefits from using it.

Read on as we delve into the main differences between walking frames and walkers, and the factors to consider when choosing between these mobility aids.

 

Walking frame

Walking frames require the user to lift it off the ground with every step, resulting in a slower pace but with more stability when standing. Therefore, it is important to ensure your elderly loved one possesses the necessary upper body strength and energy to handle the walker comfortably before considering an investment. This precaution helps guarantee their safety and ease of use when using a walking frame.

Walking frames are usually made of aluminium with foam hand handles on the sides and rubber stoppers at the bottom of each leg, giving the walking frame a firm contact with the ground. The price range of walking frames typically starts at 50 SGD.

For those seeking a more compact option, consider getting a foldable walking frame for greater portability and easier storage.

 

Walkers 

A walker looks similar to a walking frame but has two front wheels and two gliders at the back, so users do not need to lift the walker with every step. Compared to the walking frame, there is a wider variety in the design of walkers, such as ultra-lightweight and foldable models, compact sizes for petite users, and some models even have a seat for taking a rest in between walks.

For example, the Stander EZ Fold-N-Go Walker has two wheels on the front legs and rear gliders, making the device portable and elder-friendly. These walkers do not require users to lift the device after every step, as the gliders provide the right amount of resistance to follow the pace of the user. With this design, the user can simply focus on walking. Some walkers such as the HappyWheels Travel Walker with Seat, come with a seat for added comfort and relaxation when users tire from walking.

Walkers with four wheels and handbrakes are often referred to as rollators. For users who are more mobile, a four-wheeled rollator walker will provide a sturdy two-handed support for the user to walk longer distances and over uneven pavements. Rollator walkers in Singapore, such as the HappyWheels Lightweight Travel Rollator, offer a convenient and versatile solution for individuals looking for support to walk long distances. These rollators typically feature a padded seat and storage pouch, making them ideal for travel, outdoor excursions, and shopping trips.

 

How to choose between walking frames and walkers

When it comes to choosing between walking frames and walkers for your loved ones, it is essential to assess their specific needs and capabilities. Walking frames, which require lifting with every step but provide steady stability for standing, are great for users who walk short distances and are looking for something to help them to navigate their homes safely. These frames are ideal for those who need reliable support and balance assistance.

For users who are looking to have greater assistance in walking, walkers with front wheels and rear gliders will be a good choice as they do not require lifting with every step, and the user can focus on walking. For those who wish to explore the outdoors and are quite mobile, rollators will be a good option to provide the right amount of stability and comfort over longer distances.

To make the right choice, consult with experts who can provide personalised recommendations based on your loved one's unique requirements. Prioritising safety and comfort will ensure that your loved ones can maintain their independence while getting around safely.

 

Conclusion

Providing the right mobility aid for your elderly loved ones is vital in ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for them. At The Golden Concepts, we offer elderly assistive equipment to keep your loved ones independent and safe, so they can enjoy their golden years. Explore our wide range of products online from walking frames and walkers to nursing beds and shower grab bars; you can also drop by our showroom to view the products and have a chat with us. Feel free to reach out to us for more information on our product, we will be happy to assist you.


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