Gifts for the Aging: Walkers, and why I suggest two
Falling is one of the most common accidents for seniors. Whether home or in a facility, no matter how good the care they receive, it takes only a second for a misstep or a slip that leads to a fall. Unfortunately that often means a broken hip as well as bruising.
If you have an aging loved one who is starting to get wobbly, may I suggest you try to get them to use a walker? It seems like something they often resist, so it will take a while for them to accept and actually use one. Still, the earlier on the easier it will be.
With dementia it can get even more difficult. If they aren’t already used to using one, it can be so hard for them to start. They will use it when a caregiver is there to remind them, but forget once they are on their own.
I have one other suggestion. I love the big sturdy walkers that have brakes and baskets and a seat. They are very cool and so handy for anyone who can get out and walk a distance. If you are able, I’d have one of those for sure. But for around the house, for narrower spaces, I recommend one of the basic models that doesn’t have a seat, that folds up and takes little room.
Some homes and hallways don’t offer the space you need to maneuver a larger one around. I would probably keep that in the car for trips. They are perfect then. When you are shopping or walking outside it’s nice to have the sturdy wheels, and even nicer to have a seat if they need a break.
Our Dad needed a walker for the last years of his life. He fought it too. A bigger model was to hard to move around for him though, so the basic model was his choice. Of course, he was the same dad that would often leave it at the front door of their apartment, and walk through the house without one. Naturally that was where he usually fell too.
The bigger walker looks like so much more fun. The one showing here has storage beneath the seat. You can get them with a basket instead if you prefer. They come in fun colors and all. It must be like getting that fancy bike they always wanted. Yet you can see in the photo of the basic one how much smaller and handier it might be.
That’s why I suggest one of each. Hopefully your loved one with use it and learn to love the mobility it provides.