January 29, 2010
Health Tip: Testing a Walker Before You Buy
Make sure it works for you
(HealthDay News) -- If you've been advised to buy a walker to help with mobility and balance, it's important to find the right fit.
Here are suggestions from the Calgary Health Region:
- Put on the shoes you'll be wearing when you test the walker.
- Stand up straight.
- Put the walker in front of and partially around you.
- Place both hands on the handgrips of the walker.
- Your elbows should be slightly bent and the hand grips should be at wrist level when your arms are hanging by your side. Otherwise, adjust the walker's height.