April 20

How to Make Sure If Your Walker Is the Right Height for You & Safely Complete a Sit to Stand Using a Front Wheeled Walker

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How do I make sure that the walker is the right height for me?

When you're standing inside the walker with your hands by your side, it should be at your hip length, which means that the top crease of your wrist— the grip handle and the hip should all be in one single line.

That way, when you're holding on to the walker, you have a 15 to 20 degrees bend in your elbow. This helps ensure that you are not too slouched, or your shoulders are not too elevated when you're walking.

But then, how to safely complete a sit to stand using a front wheeled walker?

I would highly recommend using a chair with armrests. But if that's not an option, I'll show you how it can be done. When you're sitting in a chair, before you stand up, put yourself forward as much as you can, then bring forth your feet back.

If you have had recent surgery on one knee or pain in a leg, then keep one leg in the front and then bring the other foot in the back as you can.

But if you're fine, just bring both of your feet at the back. Then, lean forward so that your nose is over your toes. Do this a few times for momentum.

Then, slowly stand up and when you're halfway up, put one hand on the walker, and then I bring the other hand on the safety stack.

That way, you have a wide base of support when standing. So, this is the correct way to do it.

Here are some of the things that people do the wrong way. They put their hands on the walker first, then they put all the weight on the walker, and try to stand up.

Here are some of the things that people do the wrong way. 

They put their hands on the walker first, then they put all the weight on the walker, and try to stand up.

Two things can happen while trying to do this:

If you have a hardwood floor, the walker might skid and go forward and you might end up falling or injuring yourself.

If you put all your weight on the walker, the walker might tip back and there's a chance that your chair will get swayed back.

 So please, try to avoid putting your hands on the walker when you're trying to stand up.

Once you're up, and you have to sit down, here's the thing to do:

Do not attempt to sit until and unless you feel that the back of your knees is touching the chair. Always back up as much as you can until the back of your knees are touching the chair or whichever surface you're trying to sit on.

Now, put one hand at your back and then bring the other end back, and then slowly lower yourself. This becomes much easier if you have armrests, so if you have those, just get one and the other to the armrest. Also, don't try to just blag yourself in the chair. That's very stressful for your back and it's dangerous too.

I hope you found this video helpful. Please do let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thank you.


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