|The Sit/Stand Assist Walker--A walker designed to aide seniors in the process of sitting and standing|
As a teenager, I used to volunteer at a nursing home. Through interacting with the senior citizens, I saw many difficulties they struggled with on a daily basis. I wanted to use design to make a difference in their lives. Walkers were the product I chose to focus on because of their prevalence in the nursing home. One of the fundamental issues with walkers is that they only address the difficulties associated with walking. I observed that walking was only one of many difficulties seniors faced while using a walker. Many seniors expressed difficulty in using their walker to help them get out of their seat. After speaking with a physical therapist on the subject and working through design iterations with the senior citizens, I designed the Sit/Stand Assist Walker. It is a stable walker with two sets of handle grips, one at seat height, allowing the user to boost themselves out of their seat. The other set allows the user to pull themselves up, while the elongated base keeps the walker from tipping backwards. The first set of grips was validated by the physical therapist as a key feature for a safe sitting to standing transition. The seniors validated the second set as many of them like to pull themselves up but lose balance because of a lack of stability. The Sit/Stand Assist Walker addresses one of the key issues senior citizens have while using a walker. It makes for a safer, more enjoyable walker experience.