There are times when assistance may be required for things like walking and such. This may be because you have had an accident and are recovering. It could be because time crept up on you, and you don’t move as readily as you used to.
To use your walker, you will have to adapt in getting around in your home. Also, you should understand that different scenarios may arise.
Of course, for the most part, therapists and physicians will tell you to steer clear of steps and use an elevator if one is available. On the off chance that you do need to use the stairs, make sure you have someone there to assist you. This can prevent you from falling if you lose your balance or footing.
However, even with that assistance, you still need to know the right way to use your walker with stairs. We will be going over the steps about ascending and descending stairs, but before we do that, let’s look at some of the basic guidelines to understand when you should be using a walker.
Note that this is all in reference to a non-rolling walker. If you have a rolling walker, it is best to stay clear of stairs altogether.
Before you start the big maneuvers like making your way upstairs, I have a few key basic guidelines. Following these guidelines will help you stave off injury and improve your mobility, as well.
Here are some key fundamentals when it comes to using a walker.
There are many more basic rules and tips that you can use to ensure the best results and safety precautions, but these are the most fundamental. Start with these and then you can move on to the hard stuff, like conquering the stairs.
As we said, most physicians will urge you to stay away from stairs altogether. However, there may be a need for you to climb flights on occasion. Be prepared to take your time and try to only do it with someone with and helping you.
Here is how to use a walker to go upstairs.
Once you are upstairs, it stands to reason that eventually you will want to head back down them. This process requires even more balance and focus, as you will be facing the downward slope.
Here is how to use a walker to go downstairs.
Once again, before attempting this, you may want to consult your physician so that you have customized instructions. These are basics and may not work for everyone’s predicament. With that being said, even knowing the basics can help you reduce your risk of further injury.
Being laid up and stuck in one room or level of your home can be detrimental to your mental and emotional well-being. Having some mobility and the ability to take care of yourself just a bit can also help improve your rate of healing. All this should be coupled with your physician’s recommended therapy and exercises, of course.
Just remember, as you attempt to do these things, take your time and if you don’t feel comfortable just step back down and try again another time. As we said, make sure that you are not attempting this process without someone nearby or without having the means to call for help.