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.
Your walker ought to have plastic caps covering the base of each leg Be cautious when strolling on wet or tricky surfaces Wear low profile, lace-up shoes for better stability 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. Then, carefully managing your weight and balance, you can bring your injured leg up to the same step.
Remember to take your time and stay focused to ensure that you don’t step wrong or lose your balance. 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. Now, you will want to carefully set the back legs of the walker on the stair that is adjacent to you.
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. As we said, make sure that you are not attempting this process without someone nearby or without having the means to call for help.
My elderly aunt went into the hospital a few months ago to get a hip replacement. Stand at the base of the stairs, grasp handrail with one hand With your free hand, turn walker sideways away from the railing Lift the closest pair of walker legs onto the first step Place one hand on the walker, the other hand on the handrail Push down on the walker to ensure stability Step up with your good leg first, then bring up the weaker leg Repeat until you reach the top of the stairs.
Many seniors need the help of a walker to get around their homes or to complete errands and other tasks, but improper use can cause injuries. Clearly, understanding how to use a walker safely should be a priority for any senior who will need to tackle stairs.
Walkers, canes, and other assistive devices can help to reduce your fall risk. Remember, the goal is to let your walker help you gain balance, increase mobility, and get around safely.
If you have concerns over which leg to lead with, consult your doctor or physical therapist, and they will be able to give you guided specifics. Walkers with wheels are typically meant more for walking long distances, rather than for overall stability.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind if your walker has wheels o n the front two legs: You will follow the same steps you did to get up the stairs with a normal walker, but with some added precautions to be sure the wheels do not cause a slip or fall.
You want the handrail to be your main support, while the walker is there as a backup to help keep you steady on both sides. As always, take your time and ensure the legs are fully connected on the ground safely before making any advancements.
In those cases, you should opt to switch it out for a cane to offer more stability on the stairs. If you have any concerns, they will be able to walk you through the steps and can tailor their advice to your unique health needs.
When you encounter a ramp, it is typically met with a sigh of relief because you won’t have to tackle multiple flights of stairs. But going down a ramp can be a bit tricky because of the inertia our bodies encounter when walking down any type of incline.
If you begin to feel like you are going too fast or the incline is too difficult, stop any forward movement. They are great for seniors or anyone recovering from major surgery or injury who need to rely on something to put their weight on.
But they can be helpful mobility aids for those who don’t need quite as much assistance or support on stairs. If you have concerns over the act of climbing, and you know you will need to rely heavily on the mobility aid, then a walker will be best for stairs.
They are amazing resources for seniors who need extra stability or help walking longer distances. They are equally useful if you’ve had an injury or surgery and need some additional help.
Practice these techniques with people around, so you can master them and consult your doctor or physical therapist for further guidance based on specific ailments or needs. As a certified Senior Home Safety Specialist through Age Safe America, a caregiver for her own elderly parents, and a dental care provider for an adult/geriatric practice, she has in-depth knowledge of the rewards and challenges that come with caring for seniors.
Location Lawanda, New York, USA When Patrick follows Karen from the shower area, he is distracted by a cough and goes to another cell where he chomps the neck of mustache guy.
There are about four walkers dead on the ground and Ryan Samuel's in the cell with Carol. Daryl, Glenn, and Rick go up the flight of steps to check the second floor.
Walkers climbed stairs while chasing after Shane at the high school as well. One also followed Hershel up the steps in episode five of the third season.
Case closed, I guess. Edit: I just realized to get to Merle in Atlanta, the walkers had to climb the stairs leading up to the roof. Would be quite a boring show if you could be safe from them by just going upstairs somewhere.
It seems that walker scan go up and downs stairs (as has been pointed out and proven) but not ladders, which makes sense. Ladders require a lot more coordination than simply stepping up.
A dog can go up the stairs easily but not many of them can climb a ladder. That one walker in season one looked like he was about to climb a ladder after the great tank escape of season one.
But I prefer to forget all about walker behavior from the first 3 or 4 episodes. +1 not being interspecially racist, in acknowledging that some dogs can indeed climb ladders.
(and yes I googled “interspecial” and it is vaguely a word) Was on the 2nd floor, and he rigged an axe at the top of the stairs, in case a walker managed to get past the welcome mat.
Rick and Glenn were covered in zombie guts, and it started to rain. The zombies were chasing them, they climbed a fence and then 1-2 zombies climbed over after them. Was on the 2nd floor, and he rigged an axe at the top of the stairs, in case a walker managed to get past the welcome mat.
Morgan's wife turning the doorknob and looking like she knew where she was. And the walker that climbed into the RV looking around when he came upon Andrea.
One also followed Hershel up the steps in episode five of the third season. Edit: I just realized to get to Merle in Atlanta, the walkers had to climb the stairs leading up to the roof.
Location Lawanda, New York, USA Was on the 2nd floor, and he rigged an axe at the top of the stairs, in case a walker managed to get past the welcome mat.
If the rural people of King County had all those weapons... I wonder why Patrick went up the stairs when there were fresh victims downstairs.
I hate to be a wet blanket, but it has always seemed to me the walker scan do anything that is convenient to make the story work. Sometimes they are shown to prefer fresh moving prey over a corpse they are currently eating.
But when Daryl arrived at the scene where he found combined Merle, it was only Merle noticing Daryl while all other zombies kept on munching on the other corpses, despite Daryl heavily crying while stabbing Merle over and over. And in season 1, when Glenn and Rick climbed the ladder, it seemed one walker was attempting to follow them.
“Kiss your Mother goodnight, and remember that God saves.” Makes it all the more fun to pick apart inconsistencies.
Hell, so many people have run the show in a few short seasons that I find it all highly entertaining. Not that it's ever terrifying, just a little edgier when they can do more than stumble around slack jawed and try to gnaw on anything within reach.