Are there any mobility devises that don't look like walkers?

2 answers | Last updated: Nov 29, 2016
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Any mobility devices that don't look like a senior citizen's walker? The patient is 20 and must be non weight bearing 1 year. She was run over and her hips are broken is 3 places.


Expert Answers

Laura Beltramo, a physical therapist who specializes in geriatrics, graduated with honors from the University of California at San Francisco in 2000. She loves her job working as the sole physical therapist at a premier life-care facility in San Francisco. She has written articles and lectured extensively on fall prevention and other issues relevant to the aging experience. As a registered yoga teacher, she teaches yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness techniques to seniors -- helping them expand their repertoire for coping with stress, pain, and illness in the later years.



It’s true that many people who need assistance resist using a walker because they don’t like the image it portrays. There are some options that look less like a traditional aluminum walker.

But first, a quick reminder: Your parent should be assessed and advised by a physical therapist before choosing a walker. Getting the wrong walker can actually increase the risk of falling.

As for walker options, one is a three-wheeler that looks more like a triangular shopping basket with wheels. They’re usually lightweight and come with locking hand breaks. However, they aren’t ideal for someone who really requires the stability of a 4-point walker. 

The other option is a four-wheel walker, also called a rollator. These walkers come in different colors and typically come with a fold-down seat. They have a sportier look and can be easily used indoors and out. A good medical supply store should carry both of these walkers. They’re also available on-line. Stylish walkers are becoming more popular, so there's more to choose from. It's worth "window shopping," to see what's avaialble. Good luck!


Community Answers

A fellow caregiver answered...

I'm not an expert on walkers, but I just learned about this company/site (http://www.merrywalker.com/). In black, these look a lot less "institutional" than many others. They also have some other interesting options to help keep people up and about.