Mobility problems are difficult to cope with. It can be frustrating not to be able to move around freely, let alone go outside of your home. The good news is that there are mobility aids like the rollator that allow people to maintain a certain level of independence. So if you or your loved one have limited mobility, a rollator can be a lifesaver.
Rollator: what is it and who is it suitable for?
Rollators, sometimes also called rollators, are mobility aids with three or four legs and a wide support base that provides stability on both sides of the body. They are similar to the standard adult hikers but with a wheel on the bottom of each leg for easy maneuverability. Some even have a seat for a comfortable place to rest.
Rollators offer stability and balance and are suitable for those who:
- Have moderate to mild balance or stability problems
- Get tired quickly while walking and need a place to rest between walks
- Are recovering from surgery and need support on both sides of their body
- Can’t walk alone without the risk of falling due to age, Bone loss, or weak bones
How to choose a rollator walker
Here are some tips to keep in mind when looking for a rollator:
Choose between three legs and four legs
As mentioned earlier, rollators are usually available in three- and four-wheel models. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages.
A three-wheeled rollator is narrower, so it fits easily through smaller passages and enables tight turns, which is why it is more popular for indoor use. It’s also portable and lightweight. However, because these rollators have an odd number of wheels, they are less stable. Some are also not equipped with a seat.
Most people prefer four-wheeled walkers. Although heavier and wider than the three-wheel version, they are more stable and can accommodate a much wider range of heights and weights. They’re also equipped with a comfortable seat to rest in if you ever get tired of walking.
After determining the number of wheels you want, you need to consider the diameter of the wheels. Most rollator wheels are 6 to 10 inches in diameter.
To determine what size wheel you need, consider where you will mainly use your rollator. If you want to use it outdoors, then a rollator with large wheels (eight inches or more) like This one here is a better option as it can tackle uneven and bumpy terrain outdoors. If you think you will mainly use the rollator indoors, a model with smaller wheels (six to seven inches) is a better option. The smaller size would be especially helpful when walking in narrow hallways.
Ensure the correct fit and capacity
Finding a rollator that fits your physique, weight, and height is critical to your comfort and health. So before buying, make sure that your body can properly absorb it. Some of the things to look out for are the following:
Most rollators are equipped with a seat on which you can rest. The standard seat widths are small and range from 13 to 18 inches. However, the inner width of the rollator should be a few centimeters wider.
To determine the right fit for you, sit on a flat surface and then measure the width of your buttocks. Then add an inch or two to the measurement you received for comfortable sitting.
A good seat height, or seat height, should allow you to sit safely and comfortably without your feet dangling. While standing, measure the length from the back of the knee to the floor. This should indicate the seat height you will need in a rollator.
Fortunately, some rollators have an adjustable seat height so you can adjust them whenever you want.
Correct posture is important when using a rollator. You don’t want to sag while walking just because the grip height is too low.
To find the correct height grip, ask someone to help you. Stand up and keep your arms by your sides while your elbows are slightly bent. Hold this position while someone measures the distance between the floor and the center of your wrist.
Most rollators have a handle height that the average person can carry. Of course, you can also find ones that have been specially developed for taller or shorter people. In addition, the best rollators, like this one, have an adjustable handle height with a large adjustment range.
In addition to the correct fit, you also need to consider whether the rollator can support your weight. In general, standard rollators can hold between 250 and 350 pounds. If you have a tough time, long-lasting, heavy-duty rollators can hold up to 400 to 500 pounds.
Note, however, that models with a higher load capacity tend to be heavier in order to provide reliable support.
Take weight and portability into account
Speaking of weight: If you have to transport your mobility aid every now and then, the total weight of a rollator can play an important role.
A light rollator is suitable for traveling. The frame is usually made of aluminum, which ensures the portability of the device. There are also foldable rollators which can be easily folded up so that when not in use they can easily be stowed in small rooms or in vehicles for transport purposes.
Other rollators can weigh over 25 pounds, which is not suitable if you live or travel alone.
- Check to see if it comes with any accessories
Rollators aren’t cheap. Therefore, you may want to get the most of your investment and choose one that offers all the accessories you need or could benefit from in addition to the usual specifications.
Most rollators have a storage bag or basket for personal items or a few groceries. Other accessories may be available as giveaways or purchased separately. Some examples are cup or cane holders, portable flashlights, and seat covers.
Independence is largely linked to your ability to move around unaided. Whether you have problems with balance, leg strength problems, or are recovering from an operation that has restricted your mobility, a rollator can significantly reduce the risk of falls. It also allows you to maintain your mobility and do the daily activities on your own.
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