Guides to Walking Aids for Elderly and Seniors

Helpful products for getting seniors back on their feet and moving

Walking Canes vs Walking Sticks: Is There Really a Difference
After a certain age, or perhaps after a fall or an injury, walking without assistance ebecomes difficult. Elderly people may notice that after walking about for a while, they feel a bit weak or insecure. They may need something to rest on. It may be time to get a walking aid such as a walking cane or a walking stick. But, do you really know the difference between the two? Read on and find out.
4 Prong Quad Canes: The Best Walking Cane for Stability and Balance
The first sign of mobility problems for seniors is usually a loss of balance or stability while walking. This often shows up as seniors holding onto furniture or walls while walking through the house. Walking aids like canes are really helpful for this group of elderly people by providing the support and balance they need. But, not all canes are the same. So, what is the best walking cane for stability and balance? Read on for different options and my recommendations.
Where to Buy a Walker for Elderly: 5 Different Options to Consider
Buying durable medical equipment is an unknown process to most. Whether you are buying for yourself or a loved one, you want to get the right equipment. After all, the goal here is to improve quality of life. Many people though don't know where to buy a walker for elderly loved ones. But, don't worry. I am going to walk you through all of your options. And, I am going to give you the pros and cons for each.
Walking Canes with Lights – A Safer Option?
Walking canes are easily the most common mobility aid that you will see. I know that I hear people daily looking for canes at the medical equipment store where I work. But, did you know that there are a lot more options to consider besides a plain jane cane? For example, walking canes with lights built in to them are a unique option. This type of walking aid offers additional safety and security. These are especially helpful for seniors who are out at night. Keep reading to learn more about them and which ones I recommend.
Does Medicare Pay for Walking Canes?
Since I work at a durable medical equipment supply company, I get questions like this all the time. Especially on entry level equipment like canes and walkers. Many seniors and their families are not aware of Medicare coverage criteria. And... Medicare doesn't make it easy to figure out sometimes. So, does Medicare pay for walking canes? Yes, they do. Read on to find out how it works and the full process for getting a walking cane covered by Medicare.
The Best Walking Canes for Seniors and Elderly
A cane is usually the entry level walking aid for most seniors and elderly. When most people think of a cane, they tend to think of a wooden hook shaped cane like their grandfather had. But there are many more options to consider when searching for the best walking canes for seniors and elderly. There are other shapes, bases, and features of canes that are important for improving mobility. Keep on reading to learn more about these options.
Small Walkers for Elderly People with Small Spaces
You or a loved one is having a little trouble walking, so it's probably time to think about a walker. But, your home is small and you have no idea how well a walker is going to fit. Or maybe you already have one but it's just too wide, too heavy, or way too tall. Did you know that there are small walkers for elderly people? There are also narrow walkers, lightweight walkers, and even shorter walkers. These compact walkers help elderly people stay safer because they fit the user better or fit better where they are used.
How to Use a Walker Correctly and Safely
There is a right way and a wrong way to use a walker. Unfortunately, I see a lot of people using one the wrong way. This leads to injuries of the arms and shoulders and even falls. Using a walker correctly reduces the chances of these injuries. In the following videos, professional therapists show you how to set the proper height of a walker and also how to use a walker correctly and safely. These videos also share other tips like flipping around the front wheels to make a walker smaller in width.
Types of Walkers for the Elderly: Do You Know All 10?
Walkers are one of the most common walking aids, second only to canes. Seems like you see them everywhere. Although, it could just be me since I work in the durable medical equipment field as a custom wheelchair specialist! It is important for seniors to know about the types of walkers for the elderly because, statistically speaking, the chances are high they will need one someday. But, did you know there are (at least) 10 different types of walkers? Would you know which type of walker is best if you or a loved one needed one?
The Best Rollator Walkers of 2017: Get Your Mobility Back!
Nothing can be more devastating to an elderly person than losing their mobility. The inability to move about the house and do what they are used to doing often leads to feelings of hopelessness. Most seniors don't want to have to rely on loved ones. They want to remain independent and do it themselves. So, what are the options for regaining mobility in the home? One possibility is a rollator walker. But, there are so many to choose from. Where do you start? Here is your guide to the best rollator walkers for 2017.

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