Tuesday, 6 June 2017

How To Handle A Rolling Walker Safely

By Michelle Olson

Although most people don't think of walkers as dangerous pieces of equipment, they can be a hazard if the operator is new to using one or is careless with it. Broken bones, crashes, and concussions have occurred because a rolling walker was not being handled properly. Whenever you are around people using walkers, you should give them enough space to maneuver. Those operating the equipment have to use it safely and wisely.

Most walkers can be adjusted for height. Ideally the top bar should be level with your wrists when your arms are hanging at your sides. You should walk inside the equipment, not beside it. There is sometimes a temptation to look down at the seat instead of ahead. Keeping your body erect as you walk will not only help your posture, it will make it easier to watch where you are going.

People who use walkers have to be aware of their surroundings. This is a good idea for everybody, but those with a piece of equipment in front of them have to be doubly vigilant. You never know when someone will leave a stray book or toy on the floor. Running into something can cause you to lose your balance. Uneven steps, rugs, and doorway strips can all be hazardous when navigating with walkers.

People who wear glasses and hearing aids need to use them with walkers. When you enter or leave a room, be sure to look both ways so you don't accidentally run into someone with your walker. It could cause serious injury. If you are in line, you need to keep a healthy distance between you and the person in front of you. Getting in a hurry could cause you to fall, even with the walker.

Walkers are like everything else, the parts can wear out or break. You should check the wheels for debris you might have picked up. The rubber tips on the legs will eventually become worn and have to be replaced. If the seat isn't secure, it should be tightened until it is.

Walkers are not ladders, and you shouldn't climb on them. They are also not wheelchairs. They are not intended as vehicles for one person to push while another rides. They can, and will, tip over if they are used improperly. Too many packages or grocery bags may also cause them to become unsteady and topple over.

People who use walkers should use some common sense when they park them. Walkers should never block aisles in public places. In the case of an emergency, they will be a problem. It is a good idea to let a waiter stash your equipment in a safe place while you're dining. He or she can retrieve it for you when you are ready to leave.

Walkers are great pieces of equipment for those with mobility problems. They allow users to get up and use their leg muscles, which is good exercise. Being able to get around can relieve stress and help with depression as well.

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