For many, a walker is a natural progression from a walking stick. You may find you’ve been leaning increasingly heavier on your stick, and the extra weight may be causing shoulder or hand pain. Or, you may feel that you’re not as steady as you were, and your trusty stick in now insufficient.
Walkers feel more substantial, and will make you feel steadier. They can be used indoors as well as outdoors, however, because they’re slightly larger than sticks, they can be trickier to manoeuvre in smaller spaces.
On the other hand, the larger size means that some models also have storage or seats built in, to help with shopping or to take a rest every now and then while out and about.
Wheelchairs are often seen as solutions reserved for people with more serious mobility problems, but they can also serve as a complementary or occasionally-used aid for more able people. For example, a manual wheelchair can be folded away into a boot, and be used for a fuller day out. Both self-propel (for independent use) and transit (designed to be pushed by a carer) models are available.
If you will be using your new chair every day, it might be worth exploring the range of available bespoke options.
‘This is just to say a big thank you for getting the chair to my father so quickly. It has made such a difference to him… He has a big smile on his face when he is in it. I never thought we would get such an improvement at this stage of his Alzheimer’s, but it means the world to see a bit more of Dad still there.’Mrs Tinkley
‘A big thank you for a superb job with my sister’s chair. I’m pleased to say she is now so much more comfortable and appears to be a lot happier. Once again my thanks to all that were involved.’Mrs Locker
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