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The U-Step 2 Platform Model, has the same leading-edge features of the standard U-Step 2, which accounts for the superior stability, maneuverability and control, while having arm platforms in place of the standard handle bars.
This is ideal for many people who have had a stroke or brain injury. It is also excellent for those who have a weak upper body or who tend to stoop over.
|The innovative braking system is easy to use and puts you in complete control. The U-Step 2 will not roll until you lightly squeeze either hand brake. Once you release the hand brake, the unit will stop immediately. This feature is particularly helpful when standing up from a chair because the unit will not roll away from you.|
Rolling Resistance Control
|Unlike other rolling walkers, you can adjust the rolling speed of the new U-Step 2. Many people find that wheeled walkers roll too fast for them. That is why we engineered a control for setting the rolling resistance. Loosen the set screw and rotate the adjustment lever to the desired amount of resistance, then re-tighten the set screw.|
|The patented spring-loaded front caster system glides easily over uneven surfaces, such as indoor molding strips and cracks in the sidewalk. This avoids sudden jolts as well as the need to lift the walker over small obstacles.|
|Stand upright with your forearms cradled in our padded platforms. Ideal for individuals having a Stroke, Brain Injury, Stooped Posture, and weak upper body. Highly adjustable for optimal setup. Platforms can be rotated inwards, and angled up or down.|
|“I stopped falling! When I bought my U-Step 2 walker, the results were nothing short of a miracle. I immediately felt safe, as if the walker were a natural extension of my body. It is lightweight, easy to operate and a far more dignified design than other walkers that I tried.” – Ralph Bakery, Los Angeles, CA|
Laser & Sound Cueing Module
|This optional feature is primarily used by those with Parkinson’s freezing but can be used by anyone with an irregular gait pattern. This Cueing Module can help get you started, normalize your walking and increase your stride. Press the red button on the module to project a bright red laser line on the floor to guide your step. You can also turn on the sound feature to set a beat pattern for walking speed|
Seven wheels allow you to swivel and manage uneven surfaces with more stability than standard walkers can offer. The U-shaped base promotes better posture by reducing the tendency to lean forward when walking.
Two features prevent that from happening. The hand brakes are configured as “pull-to-go”, in contrast to typical hand brakes. Also, a set of variable-resistance pads regulate the two large wheels on the base, according to the needs of the particular patient.
The U-Step offers more stability for anyone who requires a walker. Those with conditions such as Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, Ataxia or PSP often find that the U-Step is the only walker that provides maximum mobility for them.
The U-Step 2 uses larger front casters to better manage uneven surfaces. It also folds and unfolds with a single latch instead of two levers, and it weighs three pounds less. We modified several other features, but the essential U-shaped base design and dimensions remain the same.
The LaserLight addresses a particular symptom: freezing gait, a condition often associated with Parkinson’s patients that inhibits leg movement due to neurological rather than muscular factors. The laser projects a bright line on the floor; this visual cue provides a stimulus that overcomes neurological-based freezing in most cases.
For those who require it, we offer the original U-Step built with a special frame that provides a lower seat and handlebar height range. While the standard 22-inch seat height helps the user stand up more easily, people with shorter legs may not be able to place their feet on the floor when seated at that height. The lower seat height of 19.5 inches accommodates someone whose lower leg length (from the heel to the back of the knee) is less than 18 inches.
We offer a customized handlebar that extends the maximum grip-to-floor height from 38 inches to 41 inches. We also offer a customized seat with larger dimensions than the standard seat. I mentioned the U-Step to my physician, but s/he is not familiar with the model.
Medicare reviews each patient’s medical condition to determine whether the U-Step and U-Step 2, classified as advanced walkers, will provide mobility that a standard walker cannot provide. The criteria include “severe neurological disorder or other condition restricting the use of one hand”. Other insurance plans may use the same criteria, or they may offer greater coverage, depending upon the particular plan.
That is by design. When walking on ramps or uneven surfaces, the rear wheels stabilize you without hindering your progress. Their spring-loaded mounting can be locked, according to the user's need.
The battery compartment inside the basket unscrews to open. Use two AA alkaline batteries oriented in the proper direction.
Over time, accumulated carpet fibers or pet hair may inhibit one or more caster wheels. In-Step provides replacement wheels for a modest charge. To remove a wheel, use a hammer as you would to remove a nail. To insert a wheel, apply force with a tool such as a rubber mallet.