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How to Choose an Upright Walker?

Remaining active and mobile are primary concerns for many of those that are aging. Simple everyday tasks may become challenging or constrained for those that begin experiencing mobility challenges. Mobility loss remains one of the largest fears among the aging, elder population. Many mobility devices exist from traditional walkers with and without wheels to multi-use rollators to full upright walkers with wheels for mobility support. With so many options, how do we choose an Upright Walker?

As with any medical device, it is always important to consult your preferred medical professional first to discuss your specific needs. The following content offers helpful guidance and consideration when making your mobility device selections. This information does not replace the directives from your medical professional. Upright walkers promote utilizing correct posture while gaining support as needed while walking.

Why Choose an Upright Walker?

The use of an upright walker is typically associated with the aging population to offer confidence in their ability to move about, as well as allow them to maintain their independence. Upright walkers have become more common with medical conditions including, but not limited to hip and back issues, arthritis, and several breathing conditions that inhibit walking or limit their distance. Whether needed due to natural aging or a medical condition, the use of mobility aids to support the basic functions of walking ranges in product offerings based upon the specific needs. Regardless of this need, upright walkers reinforce the user's confidence, promote independence, and may assist in maintaining active lifestyles., and the ability to maintain an active lifestyle. Upright walkers promote safe mobility, improved posture, and independence by offering support while walking.

What are the key benefits of using an upright walker?

Improved Posture

No more slouching or hunching that is often experienced with a traditional walker. An upright walker allows the user to stand tall and promotes the use of good walking posture. Good walking posture includes standing up straight, chin up, and not arching your back. This offers strong visibility in an upright walking posture. Practicing this walking style also reduces a strain on your muscles from leaning or relying on a lower traditional walker that may encourage hunching or slouching while in transit. An upright walker also encourages your line of eyesight to rain forward, as you should focus on what is in front of you and on the sides of you versus looking down at a walker.

Safer, More Secure Mobility

With an upright walker, users build confidence in their abilities to move around their homes and outdoors. Promoting movement, simply using an upright walker allows positive walking habits that will assist in strengthening muscles, help manage weight, and improves overall balance. Upright walkers, such as TOPRO Taurus, have solid construction and slim design to ensure safe, confident walking.

Improved Independence

With a reduced concern of falling, using an upright walker delivers a feeling of freedom and independence by allowing you to confidently move about your home, as well as outside the home. Remaining mobile is a concern for those that are aging, as well as those with a medical condition that may inhibit mobility. An upright walker allows its users to remain active and move about as needed.

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What should I consider when choosing an upright walker?

When selecting a medical mobility aid, users should consider safety, comfort, and usability as primary factors in their decision-making process. Medical professionals, such as physical therapists or discharge planners, may advise on the type of walking aid for your specific situation. Here are some helpful factors to consider:

  • Is the upright walker sturdy enough to support me? Selection of the mobility aid should allow for the user to maintain stability and support balance.
  • Will the upright walker promote better posture while walking? Padded, adjustable arm supports, height-customization of the walking support, and ergonomic principles utilized in the overall design may support better walking posture while moving.
  • Does the upright walker offer proper seated support? While most upright walkers assist with mobility, the ability to rest, relax, and regain a little stamina may be required. Evaluating the seat and backrest options may be beneficial for comfort and access.
  • Are the brakes multi-functional? When using an upright walker, braking is important whether just needing a quick pause or an extended rest. Lockable brakes offer safety and assist with slowing down, completing a full stop, or taking a break from your walking travels.
  • How is the upright walker stored when not in use? While supporting full mobility, when not in use the mobility devices should fold to promote space optimization when not in use. Lightweight designs and fold-down functions should be considered for use of an upright walker in your more commonly traveled areas.

When selecting an upright walker, it is best to consult a medical professional prior to purchase. Upright walkers can help you or your loved ones remain mobile, confident, and independent. These mobility aids promote proper posture while walking and safety and comfort when resting.  Upright walkers can be used by anyone needing mobility support and are common among the aging population.

Aside from Seniors needing an upright walker to support daily mobility, these aids are commonly recommended for those experiencing walking challenges as a result of neurological, cardiovascular, or pulmonology-related diseases. Additionally, these walkers may be considered if the current user of a traditional walker or rollator is experiencing pain, discomfort, or strains during use. Discussing these concerns with medical professionals should be considered as they may understand each individuals’ unique medical needs that would assist in the decision-making process.