How to Choose a Cane

Whether you or a loved one are recovering from an injury or are challenged by limited mobility due to aging, using a cane can prove very beneficial. A cane can help you stay balanced, walk more normally, and take weight off of a sore, injured or weaker foot, ankle, knee or hip. Using a cane can help you stay mobile, active and independent, but before you purchase your first cane, there are some things to consider. There are different types of canes and they are listed below.

  • Round Handle Canes: Usually equipped with foam grips, these canes are true originals. But beyond looking great, a round-handled cane is also utilitatian the hook-shaped handle allows to easily hang the cane from shopping carts and chairs for example.
  • T- Handle Canes: These canes also preserve the classical styling of days past and often come equipped with wrist-straps to help secure the cane to your hand. Many of them come in combinations of wood, metal and printed aluminum bodies. Their short, horizontal handle keeps your hand on the cane’s centre of gravity.
  • Offset Handle Canes: This more modern type of cane has a handle that is ergonomically designed to lessen the pressure on your hands while increasing stability– making them also ideal for heavier individuals. With grips made of gel or foam, offset canes offer the ultimate in comfort.

Then there are canes divided according to features:

  • Folding Cane: For some individuals, finding walking aids that are highly portable is a top priority. That’s where the folding cane comes in. These durable devices can fold into four pieces for easy storage inside your purse or suitcase.
  • Cane Seat: A convenient travel accessory, the cane seat is a device that when unfolded, provides you with a comfortable seating surface that stands on three, secure aluminum legs.
  • Quad and mini Quad Cane: Individuals looking for increased stability and balance need look no further than these revolutionary canes. Equipped with four legs (instead of a single tip), quad canes re-distribute your weight onto four equal points. They are ideal for individuals who need extra-help when climbing the stairs.
  • All-terrain Cane: This specialty cane largely looks like an ordinary single-tip cane. But if you look at its tip, you will notice that it comes with four, retractable metallic spikes to give you added stability when walking on uneven or tricky terrains.

Today’s cane’s are definitely not your grandfather’s. They are mostly made in light-weight aluminum and come in hundreds of colour and print configurations to match your style. Contact the team at HomeMed Canada today and they will happily help you track down the perfect cane for you.

Rollator Buying Guide

What is a Rollator?

A Rollator is a style of walker that is also known as the “wheeled walker”. However, rollators come equipped with three or four wheels in comparison to the basic wheeled walker which has two. The wheels on a rollator usually rotate and swivel at the user’s will providing rotation for the user. The handles often have brakes for further control and most rollators feature a padded seat and backrest to use when resting, as well as a basket or pouch for carrying personal items.Operating this kind of walker may require more restraint and control, but it’s perfect for people on the go. If your condition requires you to stop and rest often, a rollator could be a better choice for you.

What are the Different Types of Rollators?

There are types of rollators that meet different needs. Some of these features can be found together, within the same rollator. Consider the benefits of each, and which features will most suit your needs.

Height-adjustable Rollator

This rollator has a seat and handlebars that can adjust in height. Some rollators have enough range to be used as a “youth” and “adult” model.

Duet Dual Function Transport Wheelchair Walker Rollator

$325.00 $289.19

Quick Overview

  • Changes from rollator to transport chair in seconds
  • Maintains good center of gravity, does not easily tip
  • Adjustable-height footrest
  • Lock-out mechanism prevents accidental folds

Nitro DLX Euro Style Walker Rollator, Champagne

$541.57 $363.51

Quick Overview

  • Attractive, Euro-Style design
  • Handle height easily adjusts with unique push button
  • Back support height easily adjusts with tool-free thumb screw
  • Caster fork design enhances turning radius
  • 10" front casters allow excellent steering and rolling comfort
  • Easily folds with one hand to ultra-compact size for storage

Nitro Elite CF Carbon Fiber Walker Rollator, Black

$1,178.32 $799.45

Quick Overview

  • Luxurious super lightweight carbon fiber frame
  • Weighs only 12 lbs for powerful performance with swift and effortless mobility
  • Opulent and removable zippered storage bag
  • Unique bag attachment keeps bag securely in place when rollator is open or folded
  • Brake cable inside frame for added safety
  • Handle height easily adjusts with unique push button

Nitro Euro Style Walker Rollator

$516.65 $388.61

Quick Overview

  • Attractive, Euro-style design
  • Brake cable inside frame for added safety
  • Handle height easily adjusts with unique push button
  • Back support height easily adjusts with tool-free thumb screw
  • Caster fork design enhances turning radius

Handle Brakes

Unlike walkers, rollators have a wheel on all of the legs of the device, whether they are four-wheel or three-wheel rollators, they will have handle brakes. Handle brakes allow for further control and are an ideal safety feature.

3 Wheel Walker Rollator with Basket Tray and Pouch, Flame Red

$201.65 $141.99
The Winnie Lite Supreme/Go-Lite Three Wheel Rollator by Drive Medical comes in an attractive flame red finish. The lightweight, solid 7.5" tires are ideal for indoor and outdoor use and ensure a smooth ride over most surfaces. The rollator also comes with a standard carry pouch to easily and securely transport personal items. This 3 wheel rollator comes with special loop locks, adjustable handles and brakes. Limited lifetime warranty; lifetime on brake cable warranty.

Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker Rollator with Fold Up Removable Back Support

$168.56 $140.60

Quick Overview

Drive Medical Rollator with durable steel frame comes with 7.5” casters for indoor and outdoor use. Folds up easy with removable back cover with loop locks.

Standard Weight Rollator

The average weight of a rollator is about 15 lbs. There are models that weigh around 11 lbs, these models are advertised as “lightweight” and some people find the few pounds makes a difference in their user experience.

Another issue to consider regarding weight is the capacity also known as “weight capacity”, standard rollators are tested safe for people who weigh up to 250 lbs. Bariatric models are tested safe for people up to 350 lbs, while some are tested safe for people who weigh up to 500 lbs. Bariatric rollators will typically have a lower seat to make it easier for the user to get in and out of. Keep in mind the higher the weight capacity, the more the rollator will weigh.

Folding Rollator

The same as walkers, rollators can have a feature that allows them to fold up easily. When the rollator is flat they have the ability to fit easier into a car, bus, or plane.

Indoor/Outdoor Rollator

There are rollators available with soft gripping casters and non-marring tires that are typically at least 6” in diameter. These serve a dual purpose and won’t mark up your indoor floors, while still making it easy to maneuver over dirt paths outside.

Three Wheel Rollator

The three-wheel rollator is similar shape to a tricycle. It is lighter than most four-wheel models and some find them easier to maneuver because the three-wheel design enables sharper turns. Three-wheel rollators can be very handy in small spaces, they can also have an easy-fold mechanism to make them suitable for transport.

Four Wheel Rollator

The four-wheel rollator provides more support and stability than a three-wheeled rollator. They include a seat which does make the rollator unit heavier and slightly harder to lift than a three-wheel but they also provide a place to rest whenever they feel they need it.

How do I decide which one to use?

Always consult with your doctor or healthcare professional before deciding which mobility device is required for your health condition, disability, or age. But we have put together a guide to help you determine which kind of device you need to improve your mobility and independence.

How to Choose a Rollator

When choosing a rollator, it is important to consider many factors. While price and style are significant, there are other features which are also important to consider.

  • Three wheels or four? – It is important to consider both 3- and 4-wheel rollator options. Three wheel rollators are lighter and feature a tighter turning radius while four-wheel models have seats and are more stable.
  • Seat – Is it important you have a seat? If so, that eliminates the option of a three wheel rollator. Seat height may also be something to consider. Some rollators have an adjustable seat height while others do not. Also think about the shape and material of the seat; padded and contoured seats are far more comfortable than hard plastic.
  • Width – The width of a rollator is important if you live in a house with a standard size bathroom or doors as most rollators will not fit through. A three wheel rollator can be partially collapsed to fit through tight spaces. Most four wheel rollators are larger than 22″ which is the standard width of a doorframe.
  • Weight – Look both for the weight capacity and the overall product weight. Be sure you are comfortably under the weight capacity of any mobility product to ensure it will support you correctly. The overall product weight is important if you must lift it into a car trunk or up stairs.

How to Measure for a Rollator

Once you have these measurements, you will be ready to choose a rollator that will fit your needs.

  1. Handle Height
  • To measure for the handle height, start by standing up straight with your shoes on. Have a friend or family member measure from the crease in your wrist to the ground. This measurement should be the approximate height of the handle bars.
  1. Chair Height
  • Measure the height of a chair you like and from which you can rise easily. If you have difficulty with a chair that is too high or too low, keep that in mind when selecting a rollator.
  1. Width of Hallway
  • Measure the width of the smallest place you will need to fit through. Most often, that is a doorway or hallway. You need to be sure you can get in and out with your rollator.

Alright.. which one is the best?

Now, this is what you came to this article for, right? Many people ask for our “best” rollator. While there is not one in particular, there are some features that are preferred by our customers:

  • Large Wheels – Anything 8″ or over is considered large. Large wheels allow the user to easily push the rollator over uneven ground.
  • Padded Seat – Many people want a large padded seat for resting. Sling seats are also popular for their comfort. Plastic seats are hard, uncomfortable, and should be avoided.
  • Collapsible Pouch – While some prefer the basket, most people like having a collapsible walker pouch on their rollator. While baskets must be removed to fold the walker, a pouch can be left in place.
  • Large Adjustable Range – While you won’t change the height of your rollator once you set it correctly, it is important to look at the range. You want the ability to adjust it an inch or two higher and lower than you think you need it, just in case.
  • Easy to Fold – Most people need to take their rollator in a vehicle, so it is important it can easily fold for transport. Also, some people like to be able to fold it in a restaurant so they can keep it near them without blocking the walkway.

If you’re wondering if a walker right instead or you want buying guide for purchasing the right walker you can find them here:

Still have questions? Feel free to chat with us on our website, send us an email at cs@homemed.ca or give us a call at 1-844-335-8631 and one of our customer service specialists will get back to you as soon as possible!

Walkers Vs Rollators

Who Benefits from a Walker or Rollator?

Walkers are commonly used by the elderly population or individuals with mobility issues. A walker is useful for people who are prone to falling while walking, who tend to lose their centre of balance, or for individuals that become short of breath while walking. A walker can make everyday mobility more manageable for those with conditions such as arthritis, or osteoporosis. Even for children with mobility issues, the walker, rollator, or wheelchair can give them the independence they need to attend school or go out with their friends. Both of which are helpful for self-esteem development and independence.

What is a walker?

A walker, also referred to as a “walking aid”  is a device used by individuals who require additional support while walking. The walker encourages balance and/or stability while walking. If you or your loved one wishes to maintain walking mobility, do not require a wheelchair, but needs extra assistance, the walker is a suitable option.

What is a rollator?

A Rollator is a style of walker that is also known as the “wheeled walker”. However, rollators come equipped with three or four wheels in comparison to the basic wheeled walker which has two. The wheels on a rollator usually rotate and swivel at the user’s will providing rotation for the user. The handles often have brakes for further control and most rollators feature a padded seat and backrest to use when resting, as well as a basket or pouch for carrying personal items.Operating this kind of walker may require more restraint and control, but it’s perfect for people on the go. If your condition requires you to stop and rest often, a rollator could be a better choice for you.

What are the Different Types of Walkers?

There are a variety of walkers available, with varying designs among the different categories. The main types of walkers are:

  • The Basic Walker
  • Wheeled Walkers (Two Wheels)
  • Canes

Clever Lite LS Walker Rollator with Seat and Push Down Brakes

$220.79 $170.93
The Clever Lite LS Walker with Seat and Push Down Brakes by Drive Medical allows individuals to be seated or to use it as a traditional walker by raising the seat to step inside the frame.

Deluxe Two Button Folding Walker

$216.33 $56.79
For a safe, convenient aid to performing daily activities, a walker can be the ideal solution.

Foam Grip Four Point Cane

$39.75

Quick Overview

  • Four point base, combined with offset handle provides additional stability and support
  • Four point base, combined with offset handle provides additional stability and support

What are the Different Types of Rollators?

There are types of rollators that meet different needs. Some of these features can be found together, within the same rollator. Consider the benefits of each, and which features will most suit your needs.

  • Height-adjustable Rollator
  • Standard Weight Rollator
  • Folding Rollator
  • Indoor/Outdoor Rollator
  • Three Wheel Rollator
  • Four Wheel Rollator
  • Handle Brakes

Aluminum Rollator with Fold Up and Removable Back Support and Padded Seat

$233.22 $170.39
The Rollator with Folding Removable Back Support in blue by Drive Medical comes standard with 7.5" caster wheels, loop locks and serrated brakes to ensure safety. The seamless padded seat opens to a roomy, convenient, zippered storage pouch to easily and securely transport personal items. The ergonomic handles are easy to grip, relieve hand pressure, and are height adjustable to accommodate users height.

Duet Dual Function Transport Wheelchair Walker Rollator

$325.00 $289.19

Quick Overview

  • Changes from rollator to transport chair in seconds
  • Maintains good center of gravity, does not easily tip
  • Adjustable-height footrest
  • Lock-out mechanism prevents accidental folds

Nitro Euro Style Walker Rollator

$516.65 $388.61

Quick Overview

  • Attractive, Euro-style design
  • Brake cable inside frame for added safety
  • Handle height easily adjusts with unique push button
  • Back support height easily adjusts with tool-free thumb screw
  • Caster fork design enhances turning radius

How do I decide which one to use?

Now, this is what you came to this article for, right? However remember it always recommended to consult with your doctor or healthcare professional before deciding which mobility device is required for your health condition, disability, or age. But here are the main questions to ask yourself.

  • If you need an aid because you cannot bear weight on one or both legs such as after a hip replacement surgery?
  • Do you need to navigate narrow indoor space?
    • In these scenarios a walker is ideal for you because of the controlled stability it offers
  • If you need a mobility aid for walking without getting fatigued or need help with balance?
  • If you need more than a cane but not a wheelchair?
    • In these scenarios a rollator is ideal for you because of the controlled stability it offers

If you need a buying guide for purchasing the right walker or rollator you can find them here:

Still have questions? Feel free to chat with us on our website, send us an email at cs@homemed.ca or give us a call at 1-844-335-8631 and one of our customer service specialists will get back to you as soon as possible!

Walker buying Guide

What is a Walker?

A walker also referred to as a “walking aid”  is a device used by individuals who require additional support while walking. The walker encourages balance and/or stability while walking. If you or your loved one wishes to maintain walking mobility, do not require a wheelchair, but needs extra assistance, a walker is a suitable option.

How do I use a Walker?

Before using a walker, we suggest that you talk to your doctor and occupational therapist to find which is the best type of walker for you and to learn how to use it properly. Before using a walker, you must make sure it is the correct height and width for you. To check the height of the walker, stand up inside the frame and allow your arms to hang down. The handgrips of the walker should be at the level of your wrists. If they are not, sit down and use the small push buttons to adjust the four legs of the walker to the correct height.  Make sure you do not stand too close to the front crossbar of the walker. Also, make note of the all four feet contact rule, aka the four points of contact. Make sure to touch your device to the floor at the same time to avoid tipping the walker over.

What are the Different Types of Walkers?

There are a variety of walkers available, with varying designs among the different categories. The main types of walkers are:

  • The Basic Walker
  • Wheeled Walkers (Two Wheels)
  • Canes

The Basic Walker

The Basic Walker has no wheels, and is best suited for indoor services without much terrain. The Basic Walker provides a lot of stability for individuals that have difficulty balancing. An advantage of using a standard walker is that it provides a great amount of stability to help prevent loss of balance and falls. One disadvantage is that you must use your arms to lift and advance the walker while walking. If your arms are weak, this may present itself as a problem. The lifting and advancing of the walker can become tiresome. Also, a standard walker is difficult to use on stairs, and often you will need another person to help carry the device.

Deluxe Two Button Folding Walker

$216.33 $56.79
For a safe, convenient aid to performing daily activities, a walker can be the ideal solution.

Side Style Hemi One Arm Walker

$94.40 $70.99
The Side Style Hemi Walker by Drive Medical is designed for individuals with the use of only one hand or

The Wheeled Walker

The Wheeled Walker allows the user to move outdoors with ease. The two wheels on the walker are often fixed, which is helpful on uneven ground. The wheels allow for a smoother movement but they do not allow much rotation. An advantage of a wheeled walker is that it allows you to walk with greater speed. One disadvantage is that it is less stable than a standard walker and can easily be pushed away from you while walking. Like the standard walker, the wheeled walker is usually foldable for easy storage and transport. It is also not safe to use a wheeled walker to walk up and down stairs. Make note of keeping the wheeled walker within reach as the wheels can let it slip away.

Airgo Walker, Wh+Gli, Adult, 1E

$158.18 $114.93
  • Economical and lightweight walker.
  • Features plastic glide tips, 1” anodized aluminum tubing, and angled front legs
  • The walker front bar also acts as a support rail for use over a commode bowl
  • The one-button folding mechanism makes the walker easy to open and close

Clever Lite LS Walker Rollator with Seat and Push Down Brakes

$220.79 $170.93
The Clever Lite LS Walker with Seat and Push Down Brakes by Drive Medical allows individuals to be seated or to use it as a traditional walker by raising the seat to step inside the frame.

Canes

Canes are a more simplistic version of the walker. They are generally more cost effective and are easily transported and stored. Canes are ideal for individuals who need minimal support or who need support for only a short period of time, such as post-surgery recovery.  

If you’re wondering if a rollator is right instead or you want buying guide for purchasing the right rollator you can find them here:

 

Still have questions? Feel free to chat with us on our website, send us an email at cs@homemed.ca or give us a call at 1-844-335-8631 and one of our customer service specialists will get back to you as soon as possible!

Installation Of 15021BV Half Rails

1. Please note that all the hardware included in the hardware package is not needed to install the 15021BV on a Drive bariatric bed.

2. Insert one of the long carriage bolts through each side of the receiver bracket on one of the cross

3. Insert two nylon spacers on each of the carriage bolts.

4. Locate the half rail mounting bracket on the head deck of the bariatric bed.

5. Align the cross brace with the bracket on the head deck of the bed and insert the carriage bolts through the bracket.

6. Install a washer and a nut onto each carriage bolt and tighten each nut.

7. Align the slot in the end of the cross brace with the hole in the head deck of the bed.

10. Insert a half rail into each of the cross braces while pulling out the release button. Let the half rail slide all the way down and let go of the release button. Raise the half rail by pulling up on the rail until it locks into position. To lower the half rail, pull out the release button on the cross brace and lower the rail.

9. Install a washer and a nut onto this bolt and tighten. Repeat steps 2 to 10 for the other side

8. Insert one of the short carriage bolts through the slot and hole.

“T” Style Half Rails

Bathroom Safety Equipment's

The Most Dangerous Room In Your House – Bathroom Safety Equipment

The right safety products can help keep you and your loved ones a bit safer. The most dangerous room in the home for falls for people of all ages is also typically the smallest: the bathroom.

According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized. More than a third of the injuries happen while bathing or showering, and over 14 percent occur while using the toilet.” The research went on to say that, injuries increase with age, peaking after 85, and the most hazardous activities for all ages are bathing, showering and getting out of the tub or shower.  Injuries in or near the bathtub or shower account for more than two-thirds of emergency room visits, and are four times more likely to occur getting out of the tub or shower than into it. The study also found a high incidence of injuries getting on and off the toilet for people 65 and older.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that bathroom related falls are easily preventable and we are here to help.

Tips for Shower Safety

The shower can be a dangerous place for everyone, but especially the elderly or individuals with a disability. Many suffer from balance issues, and adding slippery floors, can make the situation worse. There are a few things you can do to make entering, standing in, or exiting the shower safer. We’d like to introduce you to the Shower Safety Trio: Grab Bars, Bath Seats and Non-Slip Mats! Just one of these items can help to prevent shower slips and falls and all three can help to give you, or your loved one, back some independence.

Shower Safety Bars

Shower Safety Bars, are also known as Shower “Grab Bars”. These bars provide something to grip and hold onto while standing in the shower or stepping in and out of the shower. Having something steady to help balance yourself can prevent falls while showering.

Shower Seating

If you or a loved one have balance issues or find it difficult to stand for prolonged periods of time, you may find a shower bench beneficial. Shower Benches allow you to sit while showering, which allows time for you to get clean without the possibility of becoming weak or falling due to standing for the duration of the shower.

Shower Mats

Mats can make both inside the shower, and the tile or flooring outside of the shower less slippery. Some mats are designed for use in the shower, these types of mats stick to the bottom of the shower or tub, helping to create a non-slip surface that has some friction and grip to it. Shower mats that are designed to be used outside of the shower, absorb the water that drips off while exiting shower while wet, this helps prevent slipping as it does not allow for the water to fall and collect on the floor, creating a slick surface. Both types of shower mats are inexpensive and can help prevent slips and falls.

Tips for Toilet Safety

The shower isn’t the only dangerous part of the bathroom, using the toilet can also be risky for some individuals. Here are some of our tips on toilet safety.

  1. Always use the toilet sitting down and don’t get up suddenly when finished. This isn’t a race, no one is timing you. Take your time.
  2. Raising the toilet seat height can help prevent falls. You can do this by adding an elevated toilet seat. Many individuals with mobility issues have a hard time squatting down to reach a conventional toilet, which can be embarrassing. Installing an elevated toilet seat can help to prevent falls and embarrassment.
  3. Use a commode chair instead of a toilet. A commode chair can provide you with the independence to use the toilet without assistance.
  4. Individuals with mobility issues can sometimes struggle with cleaning up after using the toilet. Consider a special seat called a portable bidet. It helps you clean your bottom without using your hands. It sprays warm water to clean, then warm air to dry, all at the click of a button.

 

With careful safety planning, you’re much less likely to need assistance, but if you ever do, you’ll be able to call someone and they’ll be able to get in and help more quickly.

Seven simple steps to assemble exercise peddler #10270KDRSV

1. Verify that all parts are present.

2. Insert one of the stabilizers into the main frame.  Verify that the stabilizer is in the correct.

3. Insert one of the bolts through the main frame

4. Make sure the bolt is pushed into the six sided cut out in the main

5. Install the one of the cove washers on the bolt with the concave side facing the main

6. Install one of the small knobs on the bolt and tighten.  Repeat steps 2 to 6 for the other side

7. Attach the Tension Adjusting Knob on to the main