Following a stroke, Gwen had difficulty using a standard walking aid. She had a four -wheeled walker, but had difficulty steering it and using the braking system so she could sit down and rest safely.
A crossbar was fitted which was freely hinged at one side, and held safely in place with clips. A dual brake was fitted to the centre of the bar. When the brake is pulled on, the wheels run freely, but when the brake is released the wheels stop. The hinge allows the crossbar to be moved out of the way. This means Gwen can sit down safely if she becomes tired when walking. The brake modifications made the client more self-reliant as he was able to go up and downstairs and transfer to his chair without assistance.