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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Choosing the Correct Walker

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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Choosing the Correct Walker

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Cameron Hernandez, MD
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
POGOe Id: 
21185
Date Posted: 
03/06/2012
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
03/06/2018
Abstract: 

Choosing the Correct Walker is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to…

  1. List the key advantages and disadvantage of the three main types of walkers
  2. Provide patients with basic instructions about how to use a walker
  3. Recommend the correct type of walker for a patient based on the patient’s gait stability, balance, and ability to bear weight.
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as

  1. content is not changed,
  2. no one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. the reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."

For more information on this series, go to http://www.reynolds.med.arizona.edu/EduProducts/El...

Learning resource types: 
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Suggested Citation:
Dr. Cameron Hernandez. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Choosing the Correct Walker. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2012 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/21185