Things to consider when choosing a walking frame

Choosing the right walking frame can be the difference between walking independently and relying on a wheelchair.

To help you choose a suitable frame you may be able to get advice from your local social services or health services. This will usually be overseen by a physiotherapist. With various different styles of walking aids available to suit the needs of different users, it is important to choose the right one for you. Whether you’re buying equipment or having it provided for you, it’s always worth trying out the equipment before making any decisions. Here are three types of walking frames to consider.


The Nimbo Posture Walker is a lightweight, foldable walker ideal for indoor or outdoor use. Nimbo walkers are ideal for being used by adults that are in rehabilitation after an accident as it is designed to help users stand in an upright position. Those with mild to moderate Cerebral Palsy and similar disabilities will also find the Nimbo walking aid useful as it places the user’s hands at their side to allow them to walk in an upright position.   All users will find these walkers to be easy to store and transport thanks to the easy to fold construction and the mobility of the wheels.

Push Walker

While the Nimbo encourages users to “walk whilst you roll”, standard walkers cause a more “push away and catch up” technique. While many would benefit from the flexibility of a wheeled walker, they may be too agile for those who need a frame that they need to lean or push on. This style of frame will allow certain users to adopt a more fluent walking model if used effectively.

A standard push walker is versatile as it allows the application of seat benches, baskets and handbrakes so can be beneficial for those with special requirements. Altogether, as a standalone piece of equipment, the standard walker is best used by those with only mild conditions.

Buddy Roamer

The Buddy Roamer posterior walking aid is designed to meet the needs of mild, moderate and complex pediatric users. Buddy Roamer walkers for kids provide partial weight bearing postural support with mobility. Buddy roamer walkers have ergonomically designed frames with a central positioning bar that supports the body weight while walking around freely and unaided.

All three types of walkers can help with different requirements so it is important that you try before you fully commit to one type.  You may have a local specialist near you such as Moorings Mediquip where you can book an assessment to explore your options and receive impartial advice to help you choose appropriately.

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About Austen

My name is Austen Burns, Digital Marketing Consultant at Moorings Mediquip and I will be uploading blogs and news for you to read. I have a disability called Cerebral Palsy (CP). This affects my movement and co-ordination and as a result use a walking frame or mobility scooter to get around. I have a Degree in Computing & a Masters in Marketing, in my spare time I have always been involved in disability sports, competing in both disability swimming and equestrian at international level. My main focus has been on Equestrian where I am currently on the Irish Para dressage team. Despite having had success internationally I am yet to make a Paralympic team and with Tokyo 2020 coming closer it would be a dream to make this happen. As a consultant for Moorings Mediquip I hope to write fresh online content, information and debate within the disability and health fields, as well as work on many new digital marketing initiatives throughout 2017.