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Zimmer Frames & Walking Frames

A non-wheeled walker requires users to use a start/stop style of walking, and they need to be strong enough to pick it up and place the walker with good balance. This type of walker helps control speed if they have a tendency to speed up their walking, or if they have a tendency to fall forward. There are four main activities that are needed to be performed safely when using a walker; standing up, sitting down, walking, and turning. The following are intended as general guidelines and may not be appropriate for everyone. Therefore, seek specific guidance from a professional healthcare therapist for more personalized suggestions relevant to your specific situation.

When preparing to stand up, move forward and sit as close to the edge of the chair as is comfortable. Keep the feet as far under the body as possible, aiming to place the toes directly below the edge of the chair. Place both hands on the arms or seat of the chair, or, place one hand on the chair and one hand in the middle of the walker frame. Do not place too much weight on one side of the walker while standing or it may tip. Lean forward until feeling some weight on the feet. Use the legs to stand as much as possible, using the arms mainly for balance and to lift only what the legs cannot. Do not walk forward until balance has been tested and you are feeling strong enough to walk.