A Complete Guide to Walking Aids

Walking aids such as walking sticks, rollators and Zimmer frames can greatly help your independence, if you choose the right model for you.

They can help people move around safely and maintain their independence inside and outside the home and can be a great complement to a fall alarm and help reduce the risk of a fall.

There are many different types to choose from and in this guide, we look at the various options available, the benefits and why you might want to consider buying a walking aid for yourself, or a loved one.

Why you might want one

A walking aid can be useful for anyone who finds it difficult, or painful to walk independently. This could be due to a number of reasons, such as an injury, an operation or a health condition.

A walking aid can make getting around easier and more comfortable and can help prevent falls from occurring. Walking aids can also give you the confidence to walk independently again following a fall.

Are you at risk of a fall?

Complete our 2-minute assessment to calculate your risk of a fall. You will also receive our free Falls Prevention Guide for advice on avoiding falls and how to keep your loved ones safe at home with a personal alarm.

here can be many benefits to using a walking stick or similar mobility aid:

What are the benefits?

1. Increased confidence

Using a walking aid can help you feel more confident moving around independently and enable you to get on with the daily living activities you enjoy.

2. Make you feel safer when out and about

Walking aids enable you to get outside safely, knowing that you have support should you need it. They can help you navigate public spaces safely and confidently.

3. Help you remain independent

A walking aid helps you stay independent and means you don’t need to rely on others for assistance to get around your home, or outdoors. This, in turn, can help boost your self-esteem.

4. Reduce the risk of a fall

When fitted and used correctly, a walking aid can help reduce the risk of falls, both inside and outside of the home.

5. Reduce pain and discomfort

Make moving around more comfortable and enable you to walk longer distances without pain or discomfort.

6. Keep you active

Staying active is important for both physical and mental health wellbeing. A walking aid can help you keep active and on the go, even with reduced mobility or health conditions.

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