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The UPWalker Walking Aid by LifeWalker is a mobility device that helps users walk in a more natural upright posture, without needing to bend over or slouch in uncomfortable positions. The UPWalker rollator has high handles that support the user’s arms at the optimal position for comfort, which removes the constant pressure on the hands and wrists experienced with other devices. The UPWalker helps recapture normal gait and mobility.
The LifeWalker Walking Aid requires less effort, due to its lightweight and its maneuverability. The large 8-inch wheels roll over almost any surface, from smooth floors to rough terrain, such as grasslands or pathways. Free-swiveling front wheels allow this unit to turn with ease. A locking mechanism can restrict the motion to force a straight line if needed.
Bicycle-style ergonomic hand controls operate the brakes with a simple squeeze. Pulling the handles away from the hand-grips engage the parking brakes, keeping the UPWalker from moving. With the brakes locked, this ambulatory aid serves as a chair with a seat that slides to the back with minimal effort. Stand-to-sit handles provide a solid foundation to hold onto while sitting or standing. Rotating hand-grips on the UPWalker allow for the natural positioning of the hands for maximum comfort.
There are several UPWalker Upright Walking Aid sizes, including standard, small, large and the UPWalker Lite which is 34% lighter. The UPWalker Lite also comes with ergonomic handgrips instead of soft grips, smaller 6-inch rear wheels instead of 8-inch, and a fixed seat instead of a sliding seat. Vitality Medical carries the UPWalker Accessories.
UPWalker Walking Aid Profile
Each UPWalker weighs 25 pounds or less (21 pounds (Small), 23-1/2 pounds (Standard), and 25 pounds (Large)) - light enough to lift onto a threshold. Each unit folds by lifting on the seat and then pushing the sides together. A hook holds the sides in their folded position. When folded, the UPWalker H200S and H200 are small enough to fit into a trunk or back seat for transport. The larger unit (H200L), however, does not fit into all cars. While folded, each stands up for convenient, out-of-the-way storage.
The LifeWalker UPWalker Upright Walker Difference
The base of the unit flows around the user, holding them securely in the center of gravity, with two wheels located in front and two behind. The arrangement distributes weight more evenly from front to back and side to side. Plenty of leg clearance allows for a full step with each stride.
Attention to the little details helps set the UPWalker apart from its competition. Rear-facing reflectors make the ambulistic aid more visible to on-coming traffic. Cupped arm-supports provide comfort and stability. The placement of the handles, along with the brake levers, reduces strain and fatigue. The synergy of the UPWalker design and construction allows the user more freedom to be active and walk farther with less effort.
- ✓ Supports Upright Posture
- ✓ Walk with Less Pain
- ✓ Designed for Stability
- ✓ Reduces Safety Risks
- ✓ Promotes an Active Lifestyle
- ✓ Indoor/Outdoor Compatible
- ✓ Adjustable Armrests
- ✓ Ergonomic Handbrakes
- ✓ Parking Brake
- ✓ Fabric Seat with Backrest
- ✓ Boosts Agility and Balance
- ✓ Folding Frame for Transport
- ✓ Sliding Seat for Easy Ingress and Egress
- ✓ Increases Freedom
What Comes in the UPWalker Box
- The UPWalker Upright Walker
- A Detachable Bag for Storage
- Personal Backrest
Stability Designed for Safety
Engineered from the start to be safer, the UPWalker is the only mobility aid that offers enhanced stability and maximum comfort for users. The UPWalker's patented design places the user at the center of gravity - with the weight flows down inside the wheels. Other products shift weight forward over the front wheels instead, causing a tipping hazard.
The UPwalker is the only one of its kind to receive ISO certification for both indoor and outdoor use. Qualifying for the certification requires passing stringent tests that cover the stability of aids that have horizontal arm supports. Competitors fail due to the risk of tipping.
Competing products often come disassembled, requiring assembly. Not only that, but the UPWalker also provides superior comfort features, such as easy height adjustment, ergonomic armrests and brake-handles, and free extras, such as a backrest and beverage holder.
UPWalker Mobility Device Features
UPWalker Features and Benefits
- More Efficient Ambulatory Mechanics
- Less Back Muscle Strain
- 39 to 46 Percent of Body Weight Supported by Armrests
- Less Sway
- Reduces Hunching and Leaning
- Adjustable Height to Create the Optimal Fit
- Ergonomic Bicycle Style Brake Handles
- Lockable Brakes
- Weight Capacity up to 300 Pounds. The Large Unit has a 350 Pound Weight Capacity
- Comfortable Seat
- Easy-to-Control Speed
- Collapsible Frame
- Locking Rings to Indicate Correct Height
- Product Numbers: H200, H200-S, H200-L
- UPWalker Sizes: Small, Standard, Large
- See the UPWalker Specifications Comparison Chart for dimension details
- Weight: 21 to 25.5 lbs. (depending upon model)
- UPWalker Weight Limit: 300 to 350 lbs. (depending upon model)
- Wheel Size: 8 Inches - All Units
- Brand: UPWalker
- Manufacturer: LifeWalker
- Warranty: Lifetime on Frame, 6-Months on Non-Durable Parts
Product Use Indications
- The elderly
- Those with Parkinson's Disease
- Stroke patients
- Degenerative Spinal Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Balance Disorders
- Other Neurological Disorders
- Respiratory Disorders
- Patients in rehab
Why Get an Upright Walker?
The world’s senior population is increasing dramatically. Just in the U.S., there are more than 49.2 million seniors over the age of 65 (2016 data, the most recent available data). Furthermore, this number will go up to 98-million 2060.1
Many seniors have mobility impairments that cause a downward spiral in their quality of life. Lack of independence and exercise can have detrimental results. The use of a walker is more than any other mobility aid except the cane.2
"The elderly are often restricted in their mobility and must rely on canes,walkers and wheelchairs for locomotion. Restrictions in mobility lead to a loss of independence and autonomy, as well as a decrease in muscular strength…. The ability to self-transport with the least support required is crucial to extended ambulatory mobility, patient independence, and autonomy. Transitioning to caregiver or motorized assistance too early can degrade the patient’s condition even further. Self-motion is lotion to the body. Self-locomotion provides muscular exercise and joint movement to provide healthy "interventions to maintain gait, preserve patient independence, and promote health for aging seniors."3, 4, 5
LifeWalker Added Features
Seniors and Mobility Assistance
In a medical study published by the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, researchers found that the UPWalker Stand Up Walker has several postural and metabolic benefits over standard walkers. The UPWalker benefits included helping users to walk more upright rather than slouching over their walker. The users maintained better posture while traversing with the UPWalker. Users exerted less energy and had better endurance with the UPWalker. The LifeWalker product allows users to support some of their body weight on the forearm-support of the UPWalker; thereby, reducing the load upon their wrists and lower back and joints.6
The table below displays the numerous advantages offered by the UPWalker over standard walkers.
Fixing Standard Walker Problems with real solutions from LifeWalker
Support for Areas Most Affected
Support to Stand Upright
Pistol Grips for Added Control
Painful Weight Bearing
Reduces Weight Bearing on Lower Back and Lower Limb Joints
Less Energy Requirement – Smoothly Glides Along
Need for Frequent Rest Breaks
Stop and Sit on Built-in Seating
Handbrakes within Easy Reach
Larger Wheels for Smooth Operation
More Autonomy, Self-Reliance
More Support, More Stability
Forearm Supports an Upright Torso
Equipped with Parking Brakes
Handbrakes within Easy Reach
Provides More Autonomy and Self-Reliance
Improves Mobility For More Independence
There is consensus among consumers, policymakers, and researchers that assistive technology is important to promoting self-care and independence among people with disabilities. An estimated 75–90 percent of disabled older… adults use some form of assistive technology. Moreover, evidence suggests that such technology might be more efficacious than personal care in reducing functional limitations, might reduce reliance on personal care, and might slow functional decline and lower health-related costs. A recent survey of unpaid caregivers found that 40 percent obtained assistive technology on behalf of people in their care to ‘make things easier.’
Although the value of assistive technology is often cited, its predominant use in daily functioning rather than for therapeutic purposes has contributed to ambiguity in health insurance coverage. Most health plans cover this technology, but policies are typically stringent, and coverage disputes in this area are among the most common and problematic. Perhaps for these reasons, more than half of assistive technology users who are age sixty-five and older rely on personal spending to obtain such devices.
During 2001, 6.2 percent of community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries obtained mobility-related assistive technology under the Medicare DME benefit. People who acquired such technology were generally older, female, less educated, more likely to be dually enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, and in worse health than other beneficiaries. Use of health services (hospitalization, home health, physician visits) was much higher among people who acquired assistive technology than among those who did not but did not vary markedly by type of device. Average Medicare spending ranged from $19,400 among people who acquired manual wheelchairs to $26,907 among those who received power wheelchairs and was much higher than the $3,884 incurred by beneficiaries who did not receive mobility-related technology in 2001.7
There is a growing need for medical walkers in the U.S. that provides the support users need to stay active and mobile. "Osteoarthritis (OA) is a growing epidemic, and there is no known cure for the condition. In 2005, there were 27 million Americans with physician-diagnosed OA. 1 By 2020, that number will have doubled, largely because of the rapid aging of the general population."8
UPWalker Upright Walking Aid Additional Features
Canada is also experiencing an increased need for walker support. "Since 2004, there has been a 2% increase in the prevalence of aid use by the Canadian population…. The high prevalence of aid use highlights the need for better use of existing resources to ensure that individuals are receiving the correct devices."9
Some devices can be a detriment to the user. A study found that "negative outcomes were linked to the physical characteristics of the device, the use, environment, and personal reluctance. When incorporated in daily life, aids… enable several domains of activity and participation. Whether aids facilitate activity and participation may depend on the user's ability to overcome obstacles and integrate them in daily life.10
The mobility impaired want to be more mobile and self-reliant. Their personal mobility is a measure of their quality of life. A study of stroke patients found that a "stroke typically results in a variety of impairments that are primarily unilateral…. While the overall goal of rehabilitation after a stroke is to maximize the individual's functional independence at home and in the community, improved function is the treatment goal most often stated by patients following a stroke."11
There are risks associated with using the wrong walker. A study published in Geratris and Gerontology International stated that "Forward‐leaning posture was apparent in participants during static standing (40%) and during ambulation (50%). Forward‐leaning posture during ambulation seemed to be more problematic in causing falls.12
Another study in Geriatric Nursing found similar conclusions. "Leaning-forward posture (LFP) could affect an elderly's gait and cause shuffling-like gait when using a rolling walker. Leaning -forward posture could affect biomechanical factors associated with falls in older rolling walker users. Results showed that compared with the upright posture, participants with LFP demonstrated significantly increased cadence, decreased velocity and gait cycle time (both swing and stance time decreased). Of spatial parameters, both step and stride length significantly decreased, but the base of support increased significantly."13
Gait and balance impairments lead to falls and injuries in older people. Mobility aids "increase gait safety and prevent falls…. [Strolling aid] users have better gait when using their aid than when without it."14
UPWalker Stand Up Walking Aid Directions for Use
- UPWalker For Ambulating
- Adjust arm support height using the white release buttons located just above the seat frame
- Place forearms onto the arm supports.
- Rotate the handgrips to the desired position (many prefer a 45-degree angle).
- Push fingers through the brake handles' openings.
- If the brakes are locked, release them by pulling the brake handles in toward the handles.
- Stand up straight and begin .
- Take regular steps, making sure to bend the knees and toes.
- To brake, squeeze the brake handles.
- *Note each brake handle operates the brake on its side of the aid.
- UPWalker For Sitting
- Push the brake handles forward into their parked position
- Take a step back
- Pull the seat away from the backrest until it can go no further
- Holding the Sit-to-Stand handles of the air, turn around to face away from the device
- Grasp the Sit-to-Stand handles.
- Sit on the seat
- UPWalker from Sitting to Stand
- Check that the parking brakes are on
- Grasp the Sit-to-Stand handles
- Lean forward until the nose is over the toes
- Push upward until standing
UPWalker Frequently Asked Questions
Does the UPWalker include a seat?
The UPWalker comes with a fabric seat and a comfortable backrest for support.
Does the UPWalker come with a bag/basket?
Yes, it comes with a personal item bag that hooks onto the frame. A large cloth bag with handles for shopping is also available (optional).
How big are the bags on the UPWalker Upright Walking Aid?
The personal item bag is 17 inches (W) by 4 inches (D) by 11 inches (H).
The shopping bag is 18 inches (W) by 11 inches (D) by 12 inches (H).
Does the UPWalker walking aid come with brakes?
The UPWalker has built-in brakes operated by ergonomic handles. One handle works one brake, which stops the rear wheel on that same side as the handle.
Are there parking brakes on the UPWalker?
Pushing the parking brake handles out to the full extension engages the parking brakes.
How does the UPWalker walking aid fit different sized users?
It has adjustable-height armrests to fit different sizes of people.
What is the range of height for the UPWalker?
It accommodates people from 4 feet 7 to 5 feet 10.
Can I use the UPWalker in my home or care center?
Yes. It is safe across floors and maneuvers across many surfaces with ease. It fits through a standard doorway.
Can I use the UPWalker outside?
Yes. It has an ISO certification for outdoor use as well. Use it on concrete, pavement, lawns, graded paths, etc.
Can my doctor prescribe the UPWalker Walking Aid?
A doctor may be able to prescribe it as medically necessary, depending on the situation. Check with a doctor.
UPWalker DimensionsSpecsSmall (LFWH200S)Standard (LFWH200)Large (LFWH200L)User Height:4 Feet 4 Inches to 5 Feet 5 Inches4 Feet 7 Inches to 5 Feet 10 Inches4 Feet 10 Inches to 6 Feet 5 InchesMaximum Weight:300 Pounds300 Pounds350 PoundsLength:30-1/2 Inches33-1/2 Inches36 InchesWidth:21-1/2 Inches23-1/2 Inches25-1/2 InchesArmrest Height:31-1/2 Inches to 40-1/2 Inches32-1/2 Inches to 43-1/2 Inches36 Inches to 49-1/2 InchesSeat Dimensions:16 Inches (W) X 10 Inches (D)18 Inches (W) X 11 Inches (D)20 Inches (W) X 16 Inches (D)Seat Height:20 Inches20 Inches21 InchesSit-to-Stand
Handle Height:28 Inches30 Inches32 InchesProduct Weight:21 Pounds23-1/2 Pounds25-1/2 PoundsFolded Dimensions
(inches):30-1/2 (L) X 35 (H) X 10-1/2 (W)33-1/2 (L) X 37-1/5 (H) X 10-1/2 (W36 (L) X 40 (H) X 10-1/2 (W)
Accessories for the LifeWalker UPWalker
- Beverage Holder
- Cane/Umbrella Holder
- Smartphone Holder
- Personal Items Bag
- Luxury Item Bag
- Shopping Bag
- Backrest Support
- Flashlight Taillight
UPWalker Walking Aid Manuals and Documents
- UPWalker Flyer contains features and benefits.
- UPWalker Specifications offers product details.
- User Manual provides product setup and use instructions.
UPWalker Stand Up Walker Introduction Video (4:17 minutes)
Upright UPWalker for Good Posture Video (2:00 minutes)
Unboxing and Setup of the UPWalker Video (24:55 minutes)
Folding and Transporting the UPWalker Upright Walker Video (0:55 minutes)
Attaching the Backrest Accessory to the Upright UPWalker Video (0:51 minutes)
How to Install the Beverage Holder on the UPWalker Video (1:25 minutes)
- 1 2017 Profile of Older Americans. Administration of Community Living. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2017. Page 2. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 2 Wasson, Glenn S., et al. "Effective Shared Control in Cooperative Mobility Aids." FLAIRS Conference. 2001. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 3 Toots, Annika, et al. "Walking aids moderate exercise effects on gait speed in people with dementia: a randomized controlled trial." Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 18.3 (2017): 227-233. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 4 Kuys, Suzanne S., et al. "Gait speed in ambulant older people in long term care: a systematic review and meta-analysis." Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 15.3 (2014): 194-200. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 5 Bateni, Hamid, and Brian E. Maki. "Assistive devices for balance and mobility: benefits, demands, and adverse consequences." Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 86.1 (2005): 134-145. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 6 Jayaraman, Chandrasekaran, et al. "Postural and metabolic benefits of using a forearm support walker in older adults with impairments." Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 100.4 (2019): 638-647. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 7 Wolff, Jennifer L., Emily M. Agree, and Judith D. Kasper. "Wheelchairs, walkers, and canes: what does Medicare pay for, and who benefits?." Health Affairs ;24.4 (2005): 1140-1149. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 8 Gross, K. Douglas. "Device use: AIDS, braces, and orthoses for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis." Clinics in geriatric medicine 26.3 (2010): 479-502. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 9 Charette, Caroline, et al. "Walking aid use in Canada: Prevalence and demographic characteristics among community-dwelling users." Physical therapy 98.7 (2018): 571-577. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 10 Bertrand, Kim, et al. "Walking aids for enabling activity and participation: a systematic review." American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 96.12 (2017): 894-903. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 11 Laufer, Yocheved. "The use of aids in the rehabilitation of stroke patients." Rev Clin Gerontol 14.2 (2004): 137-44. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 12 Liu, Hao. "Assessment of rolling walkers used by older adults in senior‐living communities." Geriatrics & gerontology international 9.2 (2009): 124-130. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 13 Guo, Yuanyuan, et al. "Postural effect on gait characteristics by using rolling walkers." Geriatric Nursing (2020). (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- 14 Härdi, Irene, et al. "The effect of three different types of aids on spatio-temporal gait parameters in community-dwelling older adults." Aging clinical and experimental research 26.2 (2014): 221-228. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- Kim, Oksoo, and Jung‐Hee Kim. "Falls and use of assistive devices in stroke patients with hemiparesis: association with balance ability and fall efficacy." Rehabilitation nursing 40.4 (2015): 267-274. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
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- Tagawa, Yoshihiko, et al. "Analysis of human abnormal using a multi-body model: joint models for abnormal and aids to reduce compensatory action." Journal of Biomechanics 33.11 (2000): 1405-1414. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
- Ulkar, Bülent, et al. "Energy expenditure of the paraplegic gait: comparison between different aids and normal subjects." International journal of rehabilitation research 26.3 (2003): 213-217. (Last Accessed October-2-2020)
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