Which ambulatory aid would be most effective for the occupational therapist to recommend to this client?
An individual prepares for discharge home following rehabilitation for a left CVA. Residual difficulties include fair dynamic balance, decreased upper extremity (UE) strength and poor dexterity. The individual’s stated priority is to be able to ambulate safely to the senior center located in the client’s apartment building.
A. A hemi-walker B. A rolling walker C. A side-stepper walker D. A standard walker
Option B - roller walker is the right answer.
A roller walker is preferable for the client. Keep in mind that the patient is in residual difficulties which include fair dynamic balance, decreased upper extremity (UE) strength and poor dexterity. Roller walker are great for traveling, many models also feature an attachable bag or a built-in seat.
Hemi walker, side stepper walker and a standard walker will not be of great benefit to this client.