My mother is one of those very proud and independent women who used to say: “I will never use a walker to help me walk.”
It reminded me of the shock I felt while working in a nursing home when I overheard residents say that they would “rather die than use a walker.”
My mom didn’t say anything quite that extreme, but she simply refused to consider that option.
That was even though she was facing increasing difficulty walking long distances. She struggled to make it down her condo building’s long hallway to the room where she plays a weekly Canasta game without stopping to rest several times.
Her stubborn refusal to use a walker changed, however, when I introduced her to a Volaris Rollator Walker. Now, she loves it!
What caused her change in attitude?
The top three reasons that she has fallen for her Volaris walker are:
1. She can now walk upright, like a younger person. Unlike with other walkers, she can stand straight within the walking frame, not hunched over as most other walker users do.
2. She loves how easy it is to use. She is happy that the device is so light, the brakes work with little effort, and the walker, overall, is so simple to maneuver.
3. She fell for its streamlined design. To her, it looks like the Rolls Royce of walkers!
These three things mean that, with her walker, she can now go long distances without feeling short of breath. In fact, she now walks everywhere with it, including to the games room, where she is often heard bragging about her wonderful new walker!
What she hasn’t tried yet, but is really going to love, is how easily the Volaris can be navigated on rough, uneven surfaces, such as grass, sand and even snow, thanks to its flexible, shock-absorbing frame. As well, its ergonomically designed hand grips are great for a person with arthritic hands.
My mother enjoys visiting us at the cottage we rent each summer. There is a large, grassy area between the cottage and the lake. Now she’ll be able to walk to the lake with ease.
I couldn’t believe what an amazing difference a quality walker can make to a person’s quality of life — and neither could my mother!