Just a hint for you
I spend some time on the care givers forum. It's heart breaking to read about the elderly that can't get around much any more. So I posted about my experiences. I thought that some of you might profit from the same infomation. So I copied the post.
I know you have all seen someone that can barely toddle trying to make it around a store. Trust me on this, you would not believe the difference a rolator makes. The usual walker, (lift, place, shuffle, shuffle, lift, place, etc) just can't compare.
The person's arms and the structure of the rolator (four wheeled walker) take the stress from the back and hip muscles. The legs can then move with a more normal gait.
For anyone looking for a gift for any elderly person that is having trouble getting around.....let me suggest a Rolator. That's a walker thing with four wheels. It will cost about 125-200 depending on how fancy.
I have had one for about one year. And you couldn't pay me to give it up! It has made the difference between sitting most of the day and actually going shopping. It has kept me from falling a zillion times. I need to carry something....like a cup of coffee or an arm load of dirty laundry, it goes on the seat without any trouble.
My son, who is a doctor, saw the difference in my getting around, and the difference in the amount of pain that moving gave me, and he started telling his patients to get one instead of trying to get by with a cane. All but one thought Rolators were for old folks. Only one, so far, took his advice. He said that the next time she was in, she nearly hugged him. She said it made all the difference in the world to her.
Granted, that it might not work for everyone, but it's worth trying to see if the person would accept it.
At first, I didn't think it would be worth the money. But it has paid for itself in more ways than one. My husband doesn't worry about leaving me at home by myself and I can easily use it to hoist my butt out of my chair or bed.
Soooo, if you ever find someone you care for in this sort of situation....try one. I even met a young woman with a baby that had to use one. She said she couldn't manage when she had only a cane or crutches.