There is a range of equipment available to help maintain your independence when moving around the house. From mobility aids and fall detectors to grab rails and adaptations there are a lot of options available to you.
Equipment can be privately purchased from a wide range of retailers both online and on the high street. If you feel that you need further information or advice please call Adult Social Care on 0113 2224401 to make a referral. Someone will call you back to discuss the difficulties you are having and if necessary, arrange for an assessment when equipment may be provided to you, from Leeds Equipment Service, free of charge.
Zimmer frames, also known as walking frames, are light weight walking aids which can make it easier to move around the home and outside. They can provide support and reassurance for people who may not feel confident on their feet. They can have a bag or basket attached to them to enable the person using the frame to transport items with them.
Standard Zimmer Frame
Standard simmer frames are a height adjustable walking frame with handgrips. The are appropriate for people who need more support than a stick or a crutch, or where crutches are inappropriate.
Wheeled Zimmer Frames
Wheeled Zimmer Frames come with two additional wheels attached to the front of the frame. They allow the frame to be moved even is the user is only able to lift the part of the frame closest to them.
Tri Walkers are a three wheeled folding triangular walking frame which can be used inside and outside to aid mobility to aid stability when walking. They come with cycle or push down brakes.
A rollator is a walking frame with four wheels and brakes which are useful for people who need more support than offered by a tri walker. Some rollators come with a basket which can double as a seat, providing somewhere to rest. If considering a rollator it is important to make sure that you are able to manipulate the brakes and can navigate kerbs and small level changes.
Provide a very stable base for someone to hold onto when they take a step
They come in a range of sizes including small, medium and large.
They encourage a reciprocal gait pattern, helping to improve or maintain mobility.
Things to consider
The user must be able to lift the Zimmer frame sufficiently to use it.
Its is important to have the frame set to the correct height to provide maximum support.
The width of the frame should be checked to make sure they can be moved through doorways.
Only suitable on single levels, thick pile carpets, rugs and thresholds may pose a hazard to someone using a Zimmer frame.