They are lined up against the wall like race horses at the gate ready to take off! They wear a variety of colors, but are much the same size and shape, and they wait for the club house program to come to a close.
The club house is the center of an independent living complex, large in size, and serving a population of seniors whose bones are weary but whose spirits are soaring with energy and enthusiasm. Lined up waiting for their owners, are light, portable walkers offering “mobility with stability ,” and they make possible the quality of life that is sought by a new group of aging adults who are ready for just a little help to continue their activities.
The program finishes and capable hands hold the bars and maneuver the wheels of these walkers forward with confidence and purpose, grateful for the added stability in their life that allows the bingo, bridge, writing and book clubs, and a social calendar of relationships.
The walker is not new to the world, but has been rediscovered and designed with convenience and safety for this growing population. It offers four extra feet, a seat, a basket to carry things, and a number of other features to be considered when purchased. There are a number of models on the market which will probably serve for a number of years, so careful consideration should be given to particular needs and preferences. While the walkers are available in many locations, we found the following models online at Amazon.com. Unless the review so specifies, all are made from anodized aluminum which is very sturdy and yet lightweight for handling. All have two front wheels with rubber tipped back legs. In some way, they fold. Special and attractive features are noted.
1. Eva Medical Ultra Compact Lightweight Folding Walker with Wheels
The Eva Medical Ultra Compact Lightweight Walker with Wheels is highly rated on Amazon.com. This walker is unique in that it can be folded to fit in a medium suitcase and its sides are detachable for tight fits. It is especially convenient for traveling and getting in and out of a vehicles. Two fast release buttons ensure ease and speed in getting it ready for action. Each side also operates independently for narrow spaces. Very positive reviews and comments were offered for the quality company, Med Shop.
The Deluxe Two button folding Walker with 5 inch wheels by Drive Medical is another best seller at Amazon.com. This walker has wheels and vinyl contoured hand grips for safety and comfort. For those with hand problems, there are easy push-button mechanisms. Each side operates independently, allowing good standing stability and easy movement in little space. Rear glide caps give easy and smooth sliding over most surfaces. Although lightweight, it still has sturdy aluminum construction for good strength. It received 4.4 out of 5 stars, showing that its weight and easy movement, make it popular.
The Able Life Lightweight Bariatric Supports has a bariatric frame that supports 400 pounds. It has non-swivel wheels which can be replaced. The black walnut frame is unique compared with other walkers, and it is easy to maneuver in a small place. However its outdoor durability was questioned. It folded easily and has a good storage size.
The Junior Healthline Folding Walker BOOKH9MUJS has a limited lifetime warranty and guarantees good quality. It comes in standard junior and heavy duty sizes and the 2 button mechanism is easy to operate by any part of the hand. Viny hand grips are contoured for added comfort, it is easy to maintain, and has a U shaped frame, giving the patient a little more room to bring the walker closer. This makes standing a little easier. Legs are adjustable, making it easier for the shorter person, and the 5 inch front wheels can go either inside or outside the frame if smaller space is need in a doorway.
5. Ez2care Deluxe Two Button Folding Walker with 5-Inch Wheels
The Ez2care-Deluxe Button Folding Anodized Walker is light weight. It has a two button push release making it easy to extend and fold. The height adjustment goes from 32 inches to 39 inches with 1 inch increments. This makes it very easy to give small adjustments for special needs. It has slip resistant rubber tips with 5 inch wheels.
The Drive Medical Side Style Hemi One Arm Walker, Chrome, Adult is rated 4.5 stars for its special feature. It is designed with a wider base for those who do not need a walker but need a wider base for more support.
The Medline Bariatric Folding Walker with Wheels has 2 buttons for easy assembly and folds down to 4.5 “ for easy transportation. Height is adjustable from 32 to 39 inches making it flexible for particular needs, and it holds up to 300 lbs.
The Lumex 716270P-1 Everyday Walker has a dual release folding mechanism that allows the user to fold the sides independently. Built for everyday use, it has sturdy 1” aluminum tubing with 5” front wheels. Its glide tips, replacing rubber tips, make moving easier on all surfaces. It is designed to meet the requirements of HCPCS code EO143. Reviews gave this a 4.5 out of 5 stars, and the strong vibrant colors were warmly received by seniors.
9. Stander EZ Fold-N-Go Height Adjustable Lightweight Travel Walker Locking Swivel Wheels Regal Rose 8 Pounds
The Stander-Fold-N-Go Adjustable-Lightweight walker is the most compact walker on the market. It has an easy open and close lever to fold, and sliding the handles apart will open. It is lightweight but sturdy and will support up to 400 lbs. When folded, it will fit in an airplane overhead bin, and it has a height adjustment which accommodates 4’10” to 6’8”. The front wheels are 6” swivel giving a smooth gliding ride. It got high marks because of its convenient compact size.
The DuroMed Lightweight Folding Walker, with its easy two button release, is strong, supporting 250 pounds, and lightweight. It comes in a designer metallic vibrant color which is most attractive, and has a steel crossbrace which provides additional support. The slip resistant rubber tips are also in color and contain latex to give a firm grip on the walking surface.
There are many, many walkers in every price range on the market. It is imperative that priorities be determined by those purchasing a walker, for some walkers will be better than others at meeting needs of size, mobility, style, and storage. While color may be a determining factor for some seniors, reality dictates that how the walker can best serve to make life full and good, is the one to choose. If small storage is needed, number 9 is very compact. If flexibility in height is concerned, number 5 offers small adjustments. The strong vibrant colors of number 8 are most attractive. Number 1 and 2 offer a number of features making them easy to use. Any of these walkers will provide mobility assistance that can only enhance life styles for their owners.