Husband got a walker effect or improvement on balance or no.

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
October 28, 2008 12:53pm CST
My husband got a walker. He fell on the living room floor and did his usual complaint about we must move into a seniors 55 plus apartment (Yes he grew up in a very small house and loved it. I grew up in a very small house and hated it.) Now that was when he was wearing that leg brace he had made (cheap think mostly molded plastic -in my opinion, should have been made of foam, with leather and metal braces_) So he decided to look for a walker and finally found one. Now his balance has not returned or has improved, but I wonder if his balance will ever come back and what will the effect of a walker have on it? Does the walker help the balance center in his brain to work or is it counterproductive?
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
28 Oct 08
The walker will give him something to hold onto and should help him keep his balance. I hope it helps him get around better.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 Oct 08
It does. And he is getting around so much better. And I think that it is allowed under our income tax.
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• United States
28 Oct 08
After I came home from the nursing home I used a walker as I was petrified I would fall again. It was a fall in my kitchen that broke my back in 3 places. It helped with my balance but most important was that it gave me confidence, then I traded to walker for a cane and after a couple of months my balance was improved so that I did not need any support. I am still very careful where I walk and keep my cane in the car in-case I have to park in an uneven area.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
28 Oct 08
My husband fell a few times, so I guess that he needed the walker. The ground outside our house is quite uneven because at the back we have cement blocks and grass between them and even in the house, if he turns quickly, he might fall.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I think it is a plus that he uses one. My son has CP which is a brain defect and they have always told me that you have to work extra hard on things so the other parts of the brain will take over for the damaged part. I am not an expert, but I would think it is a good thing. Part of it may be the fear of falling and it will give him the confidence he needs.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
My husband fell down a few times and everything he does that, he says, "now you know how I feel" and I figure that I am definitely not going to jump in front of a car, or jump out of a one story building onto a sidewalk just so I can feel like he is feeling. Then he talks that we should go to a plus 55 apartment, but knowing how I love children and do not even want to be away from them for a day,even if they are not my own because of my past, I really do not want to go to a place that shouts "I am glad I do not have to bother with kids anymore and I just want to be around people my own age." So now he has the walker, and he can get along better and now since the lamp on our tv blew and we had to buy another and the walker costs $400, as well as the new sofa and easy chair and the railing that he pays immediately, the move into the plus 55 apartment complex will take much longer.
• United States
28 Oct 08
I believe a walker helps you to walk, but you have to have the control in your arms and mind. If he cannot balance himself in his mind then it might not help as much.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
The walker is helping. He needs the exercise and if he just sits down, he does not get it. A cane can only go so far and at least with a walker, he is standing up straight so he does not get bent over. That is a good thing. His mind is okay, it is just that the impulses to balance are screwed up so he has to work harder at it.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I think your husband has suffered some permanant damage because it has been a long time since his stroke...I think the walker will help him and it will keep him from falling down...The walker will only support him to keep him from falling,it will not do him any harm..I do not think that the walker will help balance the center of his brain unless his disability is temorary...I do know that a walker will help him and keep him from falling and should give him a feeling of security...
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
He thinks the stroke happened in the part of the brain that regulates his balance. He is getting along better, but the physiotherapist says he should continue his exercises to compensate what is not working.
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• United States
28 Oct 08
My wife had brain surgery last year and for the first couple of months following she would use a walker to help with balance. i think alot of was just a safety net so that she would not fall. She would use it to help her get her balance by standing in front of it and letting go. Then she would move her head around to try to get her bearings so as to regain her perception and balance. Your husband may be dealing with something much different though.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
My husband had a stroke and he thinks that the stroke happened at the part where he has the balance. So now he has to use the walker. I think he will have it the rest of his life. I am hoping that he does not get any worse and that he does his exercises. His hands are bad because of the arthritis, and his left foot cannot turn that good. We are also getting a railing for the front steps, so that will help.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
29 Oct 08
THis one I dont know . But I see hundreds arounf here using them and they seem to get along fine some walk real slow othes walk pushing it and getting to where they want with out falling if it is a good one should work fine for him!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
They do work. My husband is getting along better now. I find they do work. I never liked them because I felt a lot of people used them because they were lazy, and my husband did not want to use one until he fell a few times and had difficulty getting up.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
31 Oct 08
yes I know they do work but my hubby wouldnt use it outside of our yard in back!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Nov 08
It does not work that well going from the back to the garage, and our yard is rather uneven, but we put it in the trunk and take it in the car when we go to the Mall or shopping in general, just in case.
• Canada
28 Oct 08
That's definitely something to think about. I am missing a portion of my brain that has to do with balance, visuals, etc. I use a support cane, and when I am going to walk long distances through a mall etc. I push a shopping cart and lean on that. My balance will never change because of my brain, so the walking aid, which ever one I choose to use, acts like a prosthetic something-or-other that makes up for what I do not have in my brain.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 Oct 08
Strange. My husband uses a shopping cart as well. Too bad, when we go to Zellers we have to put money in to use it. We also have to put a dollar when we use the Superstore shopping cart, but then I heard from a lady that the Safeway still charges 25 cent for theirs and they do not charge for the plastic bags.
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Oct 08
hi danish I do that also, i have a cane but in the supermarkets i use a cart for my balance, thought i w as the only one loll i have a quad cane with four metal feet.
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Oct 08
hi suspenseful glad you came on ,was worried about you, dont let your hubby told you into one of those darned nursing homes as they are just awful. any way the walker cannot do any harm, and it may be making him feel more in control. i know if I misplace my quad cane I feel frightened as mysense of balance is a bit off. I didnt have a stroke, but I am diabetic and also fell three years ago, broke myleft shoulder badly so had to have a total shoulder joint replacement, I only have ten percent useage of my left arm. I too am afraid of a fall so can feel for your hubbey even tho I didnt have a stroke. I dont know if you are familar with a quad cane or not,its a bigger cane with a broad base that has four metal feet so you feel almost like having a walker as it helps so much with your balance while you are walking. I wear a leg brace of heavy steel with foam padding attached to my ortho shoe on my left foot as a number of years back I ruptured the tendon in my foot, and my quack of a dr. didnt know a ruptured tendon from a sprained ankle then when they finallygot enough gumption to send me to a specialist it was unoperable so must wear this b race the restof my life. I think the walker will help him a lot with his balance and his self confidence, then if you have ramps and railings you should be able to stay in your own home. that would be best dont you think.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Yeah homes are not very pleasant actually. Dad was in one for 6 weeks and I hated it. I can only imagine his feelings. Most there seemed lost and were not very sociable it seemeds. Stay away from them as long as possible if not totally. Dad had a quad cane but his walking got really bad. So now it's a walker for him. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
29 Oct 08
I can't say that walkers help the balance center of the brain, but it does help a person to keep from falling if they lose their balance. My mom used one for quite a while, several of her friends are using them now to good effect. My client uses one as extra support as she walks, but she's really the only person that I know that uses it in such a way.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
Anything is okay as long as he does not fall. He thinks the balance center of his brain got damaged by the stroke. So he might get it back and might not. Too bad it was a little warning that he was getting a stroke - and that back problems were in his family so it masked the problem and he was fixing up the basement at the time. I mean being dizzy, not able to read properly, one side going limp, and drooling are obvious but other things are not. I do not know if that would have done any good, since the obvious cause would be to operate on his brain and that would be too dangerous.
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@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
29 Oct 08
There are thousands of people using walkers. The static ones are more stable but are slower in moving around. The ones with wheels and brakes are faster to move around with and allow people with balance problems and various lower body weaknesses to be mobile. These walkers give people mobility where they would be stuck in a chair or would need someone to walk with to steady them. A close relative used walkers for years due to knee and balance problems and they got a government subsidy with the purchase. See if you can get one of those with wheels if he can use it. It might not improve his balance per se but will help with mobility and strengthen his muscles that would not be used otherwise if he was not mobile. As far as the comment of the braces, the old leather and metal braces are obsolete technology, you can get more strength and customization with plastics and they are lighter too.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Nov 08
My husband got a brace made, but they did not make it right and he could not move his leg and he fell. So he might have to get a new one. We have one of the ones with wheels, the ones for the outdoors. But he is using it quite a lot at home, going around the house with it. So he is getting lots of practice and we were told that it comes under medical insurance and we do not have to pay provincial or federal tax on it.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
30 Oct 08
The walker will not improve his balance like he is wanting. It only helps you keep your balance when your walking like if your legs aren't strong enough to support you anymore or your crippled in other ways and need the extra help that a walker provides to get around.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
30 Oct 08
My father uses a walker. They are used basically as a support tool. It does not really help his balance. Just something for support as he walks. Good luck and you're both in my thoughts and prayers also. The balance issue is in the brain not the legs etc. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@1corner (744)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
Hi suspenseful, Someone who's had a stroke is often left different from how s/he used to be, even personality. Recovery will depend on various factors, i.e. type and severity of the stroke (brain area affected), how soon and how well he got medically treated, rehab (physio, OT, speech where necessary). Family & friends' support (patience & understanding) also helps. The walker will help prop him up and walk. Should also have a positive effect on balance. Whether he uses a walker or not has no effect in bringing back a damaged part of the brain, but, as the physiotherapist said, the exercises will aid him. From a rehab point of view, the undamaged parts of the brain is counted on compensating for what was lost; the more he walks and attempts to balance, the better he'll get at it. Did you not get more info about strokes from your doctor/hospital when your husband had one? The physiotherapist should be able to help too. Try http://heartandstroke.mb.ca for links to resources (their living with stroke program would be good to try). I'm also PMing you to give a Christian perspective to it.