Need a little help getting around the house? A rolling walker helps you keep your balance and your independence. Here are some tips on choosing a rolling walker.
Rolling walkers are available in 2-wheel, 3-wheel, and 4-wheel styles. The two-wheeled walker is the cheapest, with two small wheels on the front and glider caps or tennis balls on the other two legs.
Rollators come with 3 or 4 wheels. Three-wheeled rollators are smaller and lighter. They turn easily and can handle sharp corners. Four-wheeled rollators are sturdier and come with a built-in seat for rest breaks.
Bigger wheels roll more easily over terrain, so if you plan to use your rolling walker outdoors, we recommend oversized wheels. Smaller wheels are good for use indoors and on smooth surfaces.
One of the biggest advantages of a 4-wheeled rollator is the built-in padded seat. Whenever you need a breather, you can just stop walking, lock the hand brakes, and sit down on the padded seat to rest. The locked hand brakes keep the walked from rolling away, and the seat lifts up to access the under-seat storage bag or basket. Keep your hands free to maneuver the walker by storing your things in the bag.
Thanks to Terri Corcoran, a full-time caregiver and public relations chair for Well Spouse™ Association, for these tips on finding joy and support in the stresses of caring for a loved one.
I find the support I need primarily from God Whom I have learned to depend on, by virtue of being in this very difficult caregiving situation. I also get support from the Well Spouse Assn., which provides emotional support and resources for spousal caregivers; I am very active in this wonderful, unique organization.
What brings me joy is any step my ill husband can take or any word he can say (he is very disabled physically and cognitively by FXTAS, a genetic neurodegenerative condition which he has had for practically our whole 12 year marriage thus far – still going).
I am also very happy that I have cared for him at home, where he is happy and comfortable and very peaceful. I have kept him in as good general health as possible. As I look back over the very difficult years, I feel great that I have been able to give him so much love and care – and he still loves me too!
The biggest obstacles are of course my husband’s extreme disabilities – he needs help with all activities of daily living. I have home health aides 10-11 hours each day to help get him around, feed him, shower him, and stay with him when I go out.
Having to depend on aides who need lots of training and who come in all different levels of competence is probably the most difficult part of my job.
Do you struggle with asthma? Thanks to the advance in technology, now there is one more tool that can make your asthma easier to manage. A finger pulse oximeter is a medical device that measures the amount of oxygen in your blood and monitors your pulse.
In the past, pulse oximeters were large, expensive, and only available in doctor’s offices and hospitals. Now, a finger pulse oximeter is small enough to fit in your purse or pocket and costs less than $100 for entry-level models. The best part about a finger oximeter is that you can take it wherever you go.
By using a finger pulse oximeter regularly, you may be able to prevent or lessen the severity of an asthma attack. When the oximeter indicates that your numbers are below normal, you can take action by using supplemental oxygen, reducing your activity level, or take other measures recommended by your doctor to prevent an asthma attack.
Regular monitoring of your blood oxygen level and pulse gives you more control over your asthma and may help you pinpoint underlying causes and patterns related to your asthma.
While a finger oximeter is a helpful tool for managing your asthma, think of it as just one more tool to help you know what’s going on with your body. Always be aware of your symptoms and how you feel. If the oximeter numbers are within normal range but you still feel symptoms, respond to how you feel and not to what the oximeter tells you.
Bathing should be enjoyable for the elderly, but because of the fear of falling, they may avoid baths. Here are 7 things you can do to make bathing safer for your loved one.