For the past couple of years, I’ve been designing a new kind of walker for people with Parkinson’s or anyone between a walker and a wheelchair. I’ve seen the problem of freezing and experienced it myself when using existing walkers.
I’ve been diagnosed with PD 10 years ago. Most of the time I can walk without any assistance at all, when my meds are “on”. But when I’m in-between doses and my meds are totally off, I quickly find myself unable to walk. This can happen in as little as 15 minutes. I would normally find a secure place and just wait it out. But if I’m gone for the day, I’ll bring my modified walker along. I can move it around folded and open it up when I need it. I can even use it as a normal walker, the seat is removable.
It’s still only a prototype, but it works. I’m having another one built right now that’s simpler in design, easier to open up, lighter and have more room inside. It’s an on going project. I’m hoping a manufacturer will be interested in making it available to the public. It couldn’t hurt.