Purchasing healthcare equipment can be confusing, and if you are buying for a loved one who is in need of special care it can be a very personal and emotional experience. The knowledgeable staff at Advanced Medical Healthcare Equipment are able to provide you with all the information you need to find the right product. Generally, mobility equipment or walking aids fall within the following categories:
Rollator (Walkers with four wheels): If you are worried about keeping your balance while walking outside or if you feel you need support to go longer distances, this is the ideal solution for you. Walkers provide maximum stability, and for older adults travelling outside of the home often, they’re a good option for those who tire easily. These come in different styles and seat heights, so the Advanced Medical staff can assist you to find the best fit depending on your height and lifestyle. If you’re unsure that you are ready for a walker, you can always ask an occupational therapist or your physiotherapist.
Walker with forearm trough supports: This walker puts the pressure on the user’s forearms instead of their wrists so it’s ideal for those who have arthritis in their hands or wrists, or who have poor posture.
2-wheeled walkers: Designed to be used in-doors for recovery periods, these are super light. They don’t have brakes and a seat, however, so they shouldn’t be used outside.
Canes: These are the most basic aid for those beginning to experience mobility issues. Advanced Medical carries a good variety of canes with different grips, such as anatomical or ergonomic style versus round type. You may want to consult with your occupational therapist/physiotherapist to see if this is the right product for your needs.
When deciding between different rollator styles, it’s important to consider the user’s hand strength and walking ability. Most walking aids are adjustable, but finding the right height range along with taking into account the user’s weight and lifting capability will provide the most fitting product. This is what Advanced Medical expert staff will assist you with. They also take time and practice using the equipment with you to make sure their posture is straight.
For more information about what Advanced Medical Healthcare Equipment can do for you, please visit advancedmedicalbc.ca or call us at 604-912-0106 located in the heart of West Vancouver at 1863 Marine Dr.