Everyone has different needs, and when it comes to mobility support choosing the correct rollator is very important. Rollators provide support for a person with minimal mobility needs. It is perfect to use outdoors where surfaces may be uneven. Rollators or rolling walkers have three or four wheels at the end of the legs, a seat (if you choose the 4-wheels option), handles and hand breaks. Most have a pouch or basket where you can place your belongings while walking.
Rollators are easy to use; they have to be pushed like a cart without having to be lifted. They give active people a more natural, faster, more comfortable mobility and support, more than an ordinary walker does. It is a great mobility aid device that will help you keep on with a physically active life.
Who may need a rollator?
- People who need balance and stability.
- Those who want to move faster and be active. (Indoors, outdoors and traveling)
- Suffer from fatigue, not able to lift a walker.
- People who need more than what a walker provides.
Types of Rollators:
There are three wheel rollators with one wheel in the front and two wheels in the back.
Four-wheel rollators have two wheels in the front that turn freely and two wheels in the back.
Valuable information to consider when choosing a rollator:
- Width is very important because you have to be sure that you can walk freely with your rollator around the house while not having any space-mobility issues.
- Weight. Users’ weight (be sure the rollator can support your weight) and rollators’ weight (be sure that it will be easy for you to lift it upstairs or into a car if needed).
- Handle height is very important because if the handles are too low you will lean forward and if they are too high your arms will have the wrong angle. In both cases you will lose support and stability. To have the correct height of the handles, stand up straight with your arms hanging loosely at the sides and measure from the floor to your wrists (with a tape measure). That will be the recommended height. For the Seat height also stand up straight and measure from the floor to the part of your leg where your knees bend. Be sure to wear your shoes when measuring handles and seat height.
- Wheels. Choose durable wheels that are easy to maneuver and will resist all kinds of surface.
- Seat. Choose a comfortable shape and cushioned seat. This option is only available for 4-wheel rollators.
There is a wide variety of designs, colors, and sizes with accessories to choose from and very light and durable materials like aluminum or carbon fiber rollators so there are many great options that will suit your budget and needs that are perfect to complement your lifestyle. Physical therapist advice is recommended to assess your mobility and help you know what rollator may be the best for you.