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    How to Measure for a Walker or Rollator

    how to measure for a walker

    You've decided a walker is the best way to stay active in your life. Congratulations! It is very important to choose the proper size for your walker when ordering or adjust it to the right size when it is received. Having a friend or family member to help you measure is ideal.

    1. Start by standing up straight with your shoes on.
    2. Allow your hands to hang naturally at your sides.
    3. Measure from the crease in your wrist to the floor.
    4. This length should be your handle height.
    5. If possible, choose a walker that adjusts at least one inch higher and lower than your actual measurement so you can adjust it as necessary.

    The Escape Rollator is adjustable and also comes in 3 different sizes to accommodate users from 4'7" to 6'" providing for the perfect fit.

     

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    Now that you have a walker fitted just for you, get out there and enjoy life.

    Deciding between a walker and a rollator? This article will help you learn the difference and decide what is best for you. 

     

     

    The Best Narrow Walker for Small Spaces

    narrow walkers for doorways

    Most people take home a walker from the hospital or medical supply store then don’t use it. It doesn’t fit through the doorways in their home or in to their bathroom. It is too big to use in stores and restaurants and just gets in the way. A walker doesn’t do any good sitting in the closet. What you’re after is a narrow walker that works everywhere you want to go. No need to remove door frames in your home or leave your walker at the entrance of a restaurant while holding furniture to get to your seat. I’ve searched to find the best narrow walkers that work everywhere you need them. Check out these options. 

    1. Escape Rollator Walker – I love the Escape! Not only does it provide all the features of a premium rollator, it can also be used when folded at a width of only 11 inches. Most walkers do not stand when folded and thus cannot be used to maneuver through small spaces. This is not true with the Escape. With a simple lift of the release handle, the 25 inch wide Escape folds to 11 inches and stands on its large 8 inch wheels. This allows the walker to be used for support in small spaces and through doorways. The Escape is also available in 3 heights making it the perfect fit for those 4’7” to 6’7” - a true custom fit!  Looking for something a bit more economical? The Escape Mini is a slightly pared down version of the Escape with many of the same benefits. It is also 25 inches wide when open but weighs only 15 lbs (compared to 16.2 for the Escape). The handles are height adjustable but it doesn’t come in 3 height options like the Escape. It also has cable brakes, but for many folks these aren’t big issues. 
    2. Nitro Rollator Walker - At 23 inches wide, this is the narrowest walker in Ease's fleet. Also in 3 sizes for the perfect height. It comes with a convenient storage bag and a comfortable seat. The brake wires are all enclosed so they won't catch on handles and door knobs as you go aout your day. And you know what else? It looks great too. In 3 colors. Also available HERE in a Deluxe version if you're looking for something with a little more pizzazz. 
    3. EZ Fold N Go Walker – This walker is perfect for you if you need a little help with stability but don’t want to be tied down to something big and heavy. The Fold & Go Walker is the world’s most lightweight and portable walker. It weighs less than 8 lbs and folds down 4x smaller than a typical walker. When open, it is 25 inches wide. The small base and 6” swivel casters make it easy to maneuver through tight spaces. Used by many as a secondary walker for travel, the EZ Fold N Go Walker can even be stored in the overhead bin of an airplane. It features a simple but functional design that makes it both durable (able to support up to 400 lbs) and extremely affordable.
    4. EZ Fold N Go Rollator - This is the world's most portable rollator. This walker with a seat is height adjustable, folds 3X smaller than the average rollator and is 27.5" wide when opened. And it only weighs 14 pounds! 

    Most standard interior doors are 28-32 inches wide with exterior doors being even wider. If you live an an older home, the doors may be narrower. It is always best to measure to be sure.

    Don’t rip apart your house or risk a fall. These narrow walkers will allow you to go through doorways and small spaces at home and on the road. Whether you’re looking for a narrow walker as a more mobile complement to a larger walker, or you need something that will work anywhere, consider the above three choices. When it comes to walkers, bigger isn’t always better! 

    The Ultimate Guide to Walkers and Rollators

    rollators and walkers

    A walker doesn't mean you're old. Mobility aids like walkers and rollators are effective tools that can help people be independent and get around easier and more safely. A rollator walker helps you or a loved one gain independence, allowing them to move around as they need to. You have options for a walker, such as a walker with wheels or a walker with seat. This guide will tell you everything you need to about walkers and rollator walkers.

    How do you know when you need a walker? There are a few indications. If you have trouble bearing weight on your legs, fatigue easily or have issues with balance, a walker might be for you. 

    If you have decided a walker is a good idea, you need to learn how to choose the best walker for you. A rollator, or 4 wheel walker, is a walker with a seat, 4 wheels and hand brakes. They have a seat to rest so are an ideal choice for those who tire easily. They also allow one to move a but faster since there are 4 wheels. A standard walker comes with either 2 front wheels or with no wheels. They do not have a seat or brakes. They allow for a slower pace and fold up smaller for easier transport. Rollators often have a basket under the seat for storage but walkers and bags can be purchased for standard walkers to allow for storage. Think about what you need and want out of your walker and you can figure out which one is the best for you.

    Once you get your new walker, you will need to learn how to use it properly. It all starts with learning how to adjust the height on the walker so that it is the perfect height. To adjust it to the proper height, you should stand with your hand on the hand grips while your shoulders are relaxed. Make sure your elbows are bent about 15 degrees. The top of the walker should line up with the crease on the inside of your wrist.ii If it is too tall or too short, you won’t be comfortable.

    To use the walker, put it in front of you and slide forward in the chair. Lean forward and use the arms of the chair to push yourself into standing. Grasp the handles and step into the walker. Make sure you feel balanced and ready to walk then move the walker about 1 step ahead of you. Don’t push the walker very far in front of you like a shopping cart. It doesn’t offer good support when it is too far from your body.

    If you use a rollator, or 4 wheel walker, make sure to lock the brakes before you sit and when you stand up. Don’t ever use the walker like a wheelchair unless it is designed for that purpose with footrests to keep your feet from dragging.

    Ease Living has curated some of the best walkers available including narrow walkers, rollator transport chair and folding walkers. Click here to see the selection .

    Whatever walker you choose, make sure it is one you like. It will do you no good if it is left behind. Now get out there and live your life with your new walker!.





    Guests that Use a Cane or a Walker? 5 Ways to Prepare Your Home

    5 ways to prepare your home for guests that use a cane or walker

    You’ve bought the food and cleaned the house. What else can you do to make the stay easier for your guests that use a cane or a walker? 5 ideas from an occupational therapist.

    1. Deal with Area Rugs - Falls are a big concern and rugs are a big tripping hazard. Remove all throw and area rugs in areas where the person using the mobility aid will be walking. If that isn’t possible, secure all corners and edges with rug tape or anti slip mats.
    2. Remove Trip Hazards - Those cords that you are used to walking over could really cause problems for someone with limited mobility. Tuck away or tape down cords that could get in the way. Remove clutter like toys and shoes from high traffic areas. The clearer the path, the better.
    3. Make Things Brighter - You can likely easily navigate your home in the dark, but for guests, it isn’t so easy. Install higher watt light bulbs where you can and add extra lighting in shadowy areas.
    4. Make Your Bathroom Safer - Most falls that happen in the home occur in the bathroom.

    Shower/Tub: Remove any throw rugs and make sure to have an anti slip bath or shower mat for exiting the shower. A rubber mat or non stick bath treads are essential in the tub or shower. A shower chair is an inexpensive way to make it easier for someone to take a shower. They are available at medical supply stores and some mass market retailers.  

    Toilet: Do you have an older house with low toilets? These can be hard to get up from for someone with limited mobility. An elevated toilet seat or grab bars can increase safety and independence.

    5. Make It Easy to Get In the House -  A ramp will make it easier to get in and out of the house for someone that has trouble navigating stairs. Portable ramps that can easily be stored aware when not in use are available. It is also possible to rent a ramp in most areas. Search “ramp rental” to find a resource in your area.

    Have a great time hosting your guests and make it less stressful for everyone. To a Safe & Happy Gathering!

     

     

     

     

     

    Does Medicare Cover Walkers & Canes?

    does medicare cover walkers and canes

    You’ve been feeling a little weak or unsteady lately and have decided to do something about it before it becomes a problem. Or maybe your doctor, therapist or child took a look at you and said, “Guess what? We are getting you a walker or cane.” Before you guffaw and so “NO WAY!”, take a step back and give it some thought. If a walker or cane keeps you independent and safe, it is probably a good idea. If you’ve had surgery or an injury, you might not have a choice.

    Will your cane or walker be covered by Medicare or insurance? It depends. And it is complicated.

    What does Medicare cover and how to make the claim?

    Medicare Plan B and Medicare Advantage Plans cover renting and purchase of walking aids like canes and walkers. But there are certain conditions to satisfy to receive coverage for the device.

    First, you must produce a prescription for the walking aid from a doctor who participates in Medicare. The prescription should confirm that your mobility impairment prevents you from doing daily activities as you should. In other words, it should suggest that the equipment is medically necessary to help you move independently. It should also state that you will be able to  use the equipment safely, without any danger of accident or injury.

    Once you have this prescription, you can buy your walker or cane from a medical equipment company that participates in Medicare. Not all medical supplies stores do participate in Medicare so make sure you call first. The DME (Durable Medical Equipment) company will direct you to walkers and canes that are approved by Medicare, and you can choose from these options. You will have to provide your insurance details to the supplier and fill out some forms to complete the purchase.

    Coverage under Medicare Plan B is 80% of the Medicare-approved cost or rent of an approved device. However, the actual amount you have to pay will depend on the type of Medicare coverage you have. Under Medicare Plan B, you will have to make the 20% co-pay from your pocket. If you have a Medicare Advantage Health Plan or Medigap insurance, it might cover the co-payment amount as well.

    Many people choose to buy a cane or a walker without a prescription as they decide they don’t want the hassle or dealing with Medicare or don’t like the Medicare options that are available. There are so many choices available when looking outside of what is covered by Medicare. You can find something that fits your style and your needs, which might make it more likely to be used instead of sitting in the closet.

    Ease Living offers a curated selection of canes, walkers and accessories here. Products chosen by an occupational therapist for their utility and for their style.