RVNA recently welcomed a new member to the Rehabilitation team. And like all cherished teammates, our new addition is strong, reliable, innovative, and seeks to improve the lives of those around it. Behold — the U-Step.
The U-Step is a leading-edge walker, specifically designed for neurological patients, but beneficial to many others. “Movement is critical to maintaining strength and functionality,” explains Gigi Weiss, Director of Rehabilitation at RVNA, “and when progressive conditions, injuries, or simply aging compromise mobility, tools like the U-Step help counteract the situation. Our therapists couldn’t get their hands on the U-Step quickly enough!”
The U-Step has key features related to stability, control, and maneuverability which make it particularly valuable: a reversed braking system which puts the user in control; “rolling resistance” which allows the user to control the speed of the walker; and spring-loaded front wheels that manage uneven surfaces and obstacles smoothly, among others.
“The goal of any walker,” say Weiss, “is to provide stability and safety so the user can move confidently and comfortably without risk of falling. In general, the more someone moves, the better they feel. Which is why we are so eager to share the U-Step with our patients. “
Because the U-Step is not inexpensive (it costs roughly $800), having an RVNA model allows our patients to spend time with it and get accustomed to it before deciding if it’s right for them.
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