How to Go Up Stairs With a Walker

To climb stairs without an assistant, the railing must be sturdy.
To climb stairs without an assistant, the railing must be sturdy. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

If you use a walker, you're often confronted with challenging situations. Just as often, no one is around to assist you. Going up stairs using a walker is one of those challenging situations. However, there is a way to climb stairs safely and without assistance; once you master it, you'll be able to use stairs without fear of falling.

Using a Standard Walker

Approach the stairs. Get close enough to reach the railing.

Turn the walker sideways. The front of the walker should be next to your leg (see Reference).

Hold the railing with the hand farthest from the walker. With the hand closest to the walker, grab the walker by the handle.

Set the front two legs of the walker on the bottom step of the stairs.

Step onto the first step with your stronger leg. Then, place the weaker leg on that step as well.

Move the walker up to the next step. Lift the stronger leg, followed by the weaker one, onto the next step. Continue this pattern until you've reached the top of the stairs.

Using a Folding Walker

Approach the stairs. Stop when you're close enough to hold the railing for support. Fold the walker up.

Grab the railing with the hand opposite the walker. Push down on the folding walker for support using the other hand.

Take a step up onto the first step using your stronger leg.

Bring the walker and weaker leg onto the same step.

Continue up the stairs, moving the walker up to the next step, followed by the stronger leg and then by the weaker one. Remember to use the railing and walker for support.

Unfold the walker at the top of the stairs and put in on the landing. Step up to the landing with the stronger leg and then the weaker leg. Grab onto the walker for support.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember to hold onto the railing and the handle of the walker for support.
  • Don't move to the next step until you feel balanced and ready.

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