‘High-end’ Walkers

Posted - February 2015 in Living with HSP - Management & Treatment News

Are they worth the extra cost?

 

At HSP social events I meet other HSPers who have a wide range of disability – some don’t use a walking aid, some use a walking stick, some (like me) use a walker and some use a wheel chair. While I use a walker I enjoy going on public transport by myself, it boosts my self-esteem.

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Shopping around the price for a walker varies considerably, at the low end of the market they are an affordable price but at the high-end, they are very expensive – about three times the cost! High End walkers as well as expensive, fold up sideways, that is at right angle to low-end walkers.

 

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The question is: Are high-end walkers worth the extra expense?

Your needs are probably different from mine, so in sharing my experience owning two expensive walkers, I’ve tabulated the features that are important to me.

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                                                                                              Walker A                                                Walker B 

Weight                                                                                      6.5 Kg                                                     8.3 Kg

Compactness                                                                            good                                                        fair

Performance on Rough Surfaces                                                  good                                                        fair

Locking in Folded position                                                          excellent                                               not provided

                                                                                                                                                                    (Note 1)

Locking in unfolded (using) position                                    not 100% reliable                                         excellent

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 Braking on flat surfaces                                                           adequate                                                 excellent

 Using brakes on down ramps                                                   adequate                                                    poor

 Wheel diameter front                                                                240 mm                                                    210 mm

 Wheel diameter rear                                                                 200 mm                                                    210 mm

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Notes:

  1. Omission of this critical locking mechanism is a significant negative.
  2. Sometimes embarrassingly difficult to unlock, needs to be completely redesigned.

 

Independent Living Centres have branches in most States where you can see and compare walkers. The NSW Branch website lists 95 walkers for comparison.

 

 

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