*The following instructions apply whether the FOOTBAR® Walker is utilized by one (1) or two (2) caregivers. IMPORTANT NOTICE: FAILURE TO FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY.
The caregiver opens the closed walker and locks the walker into the open position. Adjust walker to correct height for the patient.
The caregiver places the open locked walker in front of the seated patient about even or slightly past the patient’s toes.
The caregiver MUST FIRST grasp the center of the top bar with one hand and then place one foot on the center of the spring-loaded FOOTBAR®.
**With TWO caregivers: Caregiver A, places right hand on the top bar and right foot on the foot bar. Caregiver B places left hand on the top bar and left foot on foot bar.
The caregiver(s) rotates the FOOTBAR® backward and downward to pin the front of the walker framework to the floor or ground surface with one foot and places their other foot back to assume a comfortable stance of strength.
Once the caregiver(s) has the FOOTBAR® Walker ﬁrmly and totally secured, the caregiver(s) instructs the patient to reach forward and grasp the top bar /pull bar with both hands. One on either side of the caregiver’s hand (in the center if used with two caregivers). Patients without full use of two arms can use a combination of handholds or the strongest arm.
The patient pulls (while pushing with their legs) forward and upwards to a standing position.
NOTE: As the patient is moving from a seated to a standing position, the caregiver’s bodyweight combines with their pulling force. This allows the caregiver and the patient to oppose each other, resulting in the patient standing with greater ease and comfort than being pulled, without consideration of the patient’s pain or weakness.
Once the patient is established in the standing position, the caregiver instructs the patient to remove one hand at a time from the top bar / pull bar and grasp the top of the walker’s framework on the left and right sides.
After the caregiver determines that the patient is stable and ready to walk, the caregiver SLOWLY allows the spring-loaded FOOTBAR® to move back to the retracted position.
NOTE: Caregiver UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES removes hand grasp from the top bar until FOOTBAR® is secured and in an upright position.
The caregiver releases their hand grasp of the top bar / pull bar and steps away from the walker and the patient.
With the caregiver’s supervision, the patient is able to walk on their own utilizing the FOOTBAR® Walker.
At such time the patient wishes to be seated, the caregiver allows the patient to back up until the patient’s legs touch the chair or bed. STEPS 3-5 of the above instructions are to be repeated by the caregiver. The patient while grasping the top bar/pull bar with both hands then slowly lowers into a seated position.
Once the patient is safely seated, the caregiver(s) ﬁrst, slowly releases the FOOTBAR®. Second, the caregiver releases their grasp of the top bar / pull bar and finally, moves the FOOTBAR® Walker away from the patient.
Utilizing this walker with the top bar installed or removed will not prevent a patient from tripping or falling. The FOOTBAR® Walker must be utilized by a physically & mentally capable caregiver that understands how to properly use and follow instructions. The FOOTBAR® Walker may be used without caregiver assistance as a standard walking aid. Patients / users DO NOT attempt to use top bar / pull bar without a caregiver. Without a caregiver, FOOTBAR® offers patient no assistance in sit-to-stand function while attempting to stand or be seated.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY.