I'm afraid he may fall and really hurt himself but I also don't want to force him to do something that he doesn't want to do. He knows that once he starts using a walker, he'll become "dependent" on using one (his words).
The hard part is over.
I'm matching you with one of our specialists who will be calling you in the next few minutes.
When it's "our" parents, it's hard to see the forest for the trees. Stick around!
If your dad is able to understand how important it is to use what is needed, I would stress how not using it can put you in a wheelchair.
The day I brought to his house this brand new shiny bright blue rolling walker that had hand brakes, seat to sit down on, and under the seat he could open and have a basket to carry things, he was like a teenager..... you'd would have thought I had bought him a Shelby Mustang :)
Dad's balance is so much better, and his knees don't hurt quite as bad... now if there is a lot of mail in his mailbox, he just tosses the mail into the basket and rolling off he go back to the house.
Last month we went to a doctor's office which was a long walk from the parking lot.... Dad left Mom and I in a cloud of dust.... he was at the doctor's office door sitting in his walker smiling. Now if only I could get my Mom to use one, but she doesn't want people to think she is elderly... [sigh].... so she moves along at snails pace with her cane.