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Walker VS Wheeleo®

Walker VS Wheeleo®

Since the appearance of wheels under walking frames, the walker has become a must-have walking aid. It is used by many people around the world.
The choice of a walking aid must be adapted according to the person's abilities and the environment in which it will be used.

The walker has several advantages:

🔹It allows a constant support on the ground (the frame does not have to be raised)
🔹It is stable (important base of sustentation)
🔹It allows support with both hands (for stability)
🔹It is usually equipped with large wheels that allow it to travel on uneven ground.
🔹It is equipped with a bag or a basket
🔹It is usually possible to sit on it (to take a break if needed)
🔹There are brakes just in case...

The walker is particularly suitable for outdoor use because:

🔹The distances to be covered are greater than at home.
🔹The ground is + irregular (gravel, cobblestones, ...), with slopes, uphill, downhill.
🔹Transporting equipment (jacket, groceries, ...) is often necessary.

Indoors, the use of the walker does not become so optimal for several reasons:

🔹The walker is often too bulky to fit between the furniture of the home.
🔹It monopolizes both hands. Interaction with the environment is limited (carrying an object for example).
🔹Distances are shorter than outside. Walking indoors is less tiring. The walker gives too much help. No need to sit on it when I can sit on a chair at home.
🔹Flat floor and there is presence of furniture/walls to stand on. The person often does not need as much help.
🔹The walker is unwieldy.

When faced with this situation, the person using the walker outdoors has several options for indoors:

🔹Continue to use the walker indoors.
🔹Use a conventional cane (which must be lifted with each step and falls to the ground when placed against furniture). Comfort is often diminished.
🔹Use nothing. The person will therefore lean on all furniture and walls. The risk is increased and the comfort is lower.

Faced with this situation, the Wheeleo® brings an additional solution:

✅Certainly, it gives less help than a walker but it is still enough given the environment (indoor, flat floor, short distance, ...).
✅It frees a hand to interact with the environment (open a door, take an object, ...)
✅It is less cumbersome than a walker. The maneuverability is greater. (see video)
✅It stays upright when dropped (to wash your hands, cut a fruit, ...)
✅It offers the same type of assistance of a walker (constant support, does not need to be lifted).

📌Do you share my point of view or not? Let's discuss it in the comments!

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The Wheeleo® : the experience of Antoine Zaczyk, physiotherapist

The Wheeleo® : the experience of Antoine Zaczyk, physiotherapist

A new generation walker-cane, the Wheeleo® has been designed as an innovative technical aid, complementary to the traditional cane and rollator. From the patients' profile to the specificities and the way of use, Antoine Zaczyk, physiotherapist and rehabilitator, comes back on his experience in using the Wheeleo®.

3 rules for choosing the right walking aid

3 rules for choosing the right walking aid
In response to different disabilities and challenges, people invented many types of walking aids. This article is a guide through diverse body needs, lifestyles and environments to help you find a suitable assistive device. If you’re looking for a new walking aid for yourself or your loved ones, these rules will let you make an informed decision about the type of aid that will serve you best.