Rolling Walkers: 3 and 4 Wheeled Rollators Offer Superior Mobility at Home
Rolling walkers, or rollators, provide support like standard frame walkers, but instead of only two front wheels, the rollator has both front and rear wheels for easy maneuvering in any environment.
Medical walking aids such as the rolling walker can help to lessen pain and increase mobility, safety and independence for those who have difficulty standing and walking. It is often used interchangeably with the term "rollator" or "wheeled walker."
What is a Rolling Walker?
A rollator provides support like a standard frame walker, but
has four tires attached to the bottom and has both front and rear
wheels. Most models are portable and have advanced functional
and safety features.
Rollators can be rolled forward easily without lifting. They can
pivot or turn as needed, and the handles incorporate brakes for
safety. They never need lifting for movement, as do standard
Types and Features
Most rollators have four wheels, but there are three-wheeled models
available. These offer increased maneuverability in tight spaces. Many models have built-in seats so that users can sit and rest whenever desired.
There are also additional options available like shopping baskets, zipper pockets, food trays, oxygen tank holders and different types of wheels and braking devices. Some fold vertically for transport while others collapse. Aluminum-framed rollators are lightweight. Steel-framed models are heavier and accommodate higher weight limits.
Wheeled walkers can help to prevent wheelchair dependency for
the disabled and those who are unable to walk or stand without
assistance. Daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, shopping,
socializing and travel are made easier.
They are easy to use inside the home because of the compact
size and easy turn mechanisms. The increased independence
can bolster self-esteem.
Disadvantages of Rolling Walkers
Rolling walkers are generally larger and heavier than standard
frames, and they cost more.
Some models have limited capabilities outdoors. Long term use
can encourage poor posture, since users must bend slightly forward to use this mobility aid.
When purchasing a rolling walker, buyers should be sure that the height adjustment and weight limit is appropriate for the user. Back injury patients may want to consider models with seats that offer more padding and back support. Users must have the ability to operate the brakes properly for safety reasons. As with any important purchase, it is best to choose a product with a full warranty.
Rollators have given a new lease on life to many who would otherwise have extremely limited mobility. Whichever type of wheeled walker is chosen, it is sure to increase productivity and quality of life for most users.
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