Today, Damian and I met Caelan's physiotherapist at the school to test out some new walkers for Caelan.
He's still using the same walker he originally started with and it's really too small for him. In fact, it's so small that it's more of a hazard because he could very easily topple over the front of it if he were to lean forward too much. We've been using it backwards to prevent this from happening.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much to test since only one of the walkers was appropriate for his size.
It's a Rifton Pacer. Basically a newer model of the walker he's currently using. We had hoped that it would also be slightly smaller, or more specifically more narrow, but that wasn't the case. It's actually wider! It makes sense that the taller the walker the more width you need to balance it out. Still a disappointment though, especially because he could barely turn around in our hall in the old walker. There's no way he'll be able to in this new version, although it looks like our only option.
The plan is that the school board will purchase the walker for him to use at school. At this point we just don't see the value in purchasing him one for at home. We are hopeful that the school board will allow us to bring it home for use in the summer months instead of leaving it there gathering dust. At least then he'd be able to use it outside during the summer.
Even though the board is purchasing the walker it still is "Caelan's" to use for as long as he remains in this school board. If we were to move but remain in the same school board the walker would go with him. However, if we were to change school boards the walker wouldn't be able to go with him.
It comes in an assortment of colours and Caelan got to pick which one he'd like. In case you were wondering, he picked the fire engine red, then immediately wanted to know where it was!
Should only take between 4 and 6 months to arrive... ugh!