Meet Erin from Orlando, Florida, USA, our most mature user of the Voyar FROG so far! Erin is 18 years old and has been using walkers since she underwent surgery to remove a tumor at 4 years of age. Since then she has impaired motor skills. She uses a gait trainer for most of her mobility, at school, stores, walking around the neighbourhood and community, attending parties, etc. Her family lifestyle is very active and outdoors oriented, and this is also reflected in Erin’s life. Her mother Cathy explains: “Most gait trainers are not useful for long distances because ifContinue Reading ...
Voyar is introducing with its FROG assistive walker a more effective gait training and support solution for users with mobility impairments.
Many diseases, injuries or birth defects compromise mobility of children. First of all Cerebral palsy (CP), which has an incidence of 3.6 per 1,000 live births in developed nations. Furthermore, there are neuromuscular disorders, Spina bifida, paralysis and spinal cord injuries. Compromised mobility of afflicted children represents a drastic impact in terms of social interaction and quality of life. Cardiovascular health and bone structure are negatively impacted. Availability of walking aids for mobility training from very young age is important.
But also adults and elderly need walkers. Some might still be affected by above conditions from birth and continue to rely on support for walking. Others have developed mobility impairments with age, for example due to stroke or neurological disorders.
FROG addresses fatigue and eliminates the need for frequent assisted transfers when using conventional gait trainers by incorporating a resting seat.
An integrated, patented weight-compensation mechanism enables easy and autonomous transition from sitting to standing and vice versa.
When seated, the compensation mechanism exercises a counter force against the weight of the user, assisting in standing up.
The mechanism provides space for walking and easy access for the next deployment, stabilizing the user in transition from sitting to standing.
Control of caster wheels
The caster wheels can be independently adjusted in three steps for each swivelling direction and separately for each of the two casters. This mechanism provides the therapist with maximum control to balance stability in gait with manoeuvrability. These constraints can be released progressively as the training progresses.
Paediatric walker with seat
The weight compensation mechanism can be adjusted to suit the body weight of the child in order to provide just the right lift. It is designed such that the folding of the seat is always easy. The force required for folding is independent from the lift force selected. The folding seat can be easily deployed by the child without assistance.
Body Size adjustment
Frog can be adjusted to suit a large variety of body sizes and postures. It can grow with the child, from baby to adolescent. Height and width of the frame can be increased in three steps. Seat and armrest height as well as width can be adjusted in incremental steps with one movement via quick locks. Armrests and handles can be pivoted to suit different postures.
Anti-reverse bearings are used at the rear wheels preventing involuntary backward movement with the danger of falls. This mechanism ensures confident movement and safety without being compromised in wet conditions as is the case for the conventional break mechanisms found on walkers.