Seniors have several walker options to assist with balance, support and mobility, including standard walkers without wheels and the more common two- and four-wheeled types. Choosing a walker depends on individual needs. If stability is a concern, a standard walker may be a good choice, otherwise, wheeled walkers allow for a bit more speed.
Standard walkers lack wheels, and need to be lifted before each step. They are very stable, and don't roll forward, and most fold for storage. These work well for people who need help supporting their weight while moving.
Hemi walkers offer the functionality of a cane, but with more support. This type of walker has two grips, one higher than the other, and works by supporting one side of the body, like a cane. These work well for folks who need more support on one side, such as people recovering from a stroke, or an arm, wrist or shoulder injury.
Two-wheeled walkers, with the wheels on the front legs and grips on the rear legs move more easily on the ground. These tend to be lightweight and usually fold for storage. Rolling walkers work well for people who need help supporting some of their weight as they move.
Four-wheeled walkers, also known as rollators typically have a seat placed above a basket or pouch for storage. This type of walker has four wheels and two handles with hand brakes. Rollators with larger wheels provide more stability and move better on uneven surfaces.
For people with neurological conditions, a U-step walker may provide the most support. This type of walker has multiple small wheels and a heavier platform so it's more stable. U-step walkers stop when the brakes release, so the user has to squeeze a lever to release them and move forward.