I can not tell you what [U-Step] has done for my father and his stability in walking! He has always been an avid walker but as his PK has progressed he started falling more and more. Last year he had a hip replacement and 4 broken ribs! His U-Step II has become another appendage for him.
He loves carrying everything: his razor, newspaper, wallet, and snacks are almost always found in the basket. He is now able to go outside and get the mail and carry it himself, something that has become a ritual for him. We also get comments from everyone who sees the walker and is so impressed with how well the caster wheels allow him to turn easily and with the U-shaped design which provides a level of independence because I don’t have to worry about him falling. The laser light that we added really helped him to “stay in the walker”, something that he had so much trouble with when using his old walker.
The fact that the “normal” state of the brakes is that they are on and that it can only move if you have disengaged them when ready to walk is a safety feature that should be on ALL walkers. I am looking forward to another summer of walking everywhere with him once he gets his “new set of wheels”!