Walkers, Rollators and other walking
equipment have two purposes.
1. To help in rehabilitating injured users
2. To allow users with permanent disabilities the ability to move
Walkers without wheels
This is the standard Walker you see
everyday. Built with telescoping aluminum supports, standard Walkers are a great way for individuals with injuries or disabilities to
Rollators (Rolling Walkers)
A Rollator is basically a standard Walker with tires attached. Unlike a regular Walker, a Rollator
doesn't involve the lift that a normal Walker requires. Makes walking
a smoother process. A Rollator however requires that the user be
stable enough to not let it get away from them since it has wheels.
Choosing a Walker or Rollator
Before purchasing a Walker, Rollator,
or other walking aid be sure to keep these considerations in mind.
Height of the user - If the
walking aid is too low, it will encourage bad posture. Make sure to
purchase with this in mind. Many Walkers & Rollators have the ability to
adjust for height considerations.
Weight of the user - If the
walking aid can't support the user then it is virtually useless. Make
sure to verify the maximum weight capacity of the Walker or Rollator
Handgrips - Most Walkers & Rollators
have either molded plastic or foam rubber handgrips. Some handgrips
can be adjusted to the users preference. There are also options in
handgrips that are specifically designed to spread weight over a wider
area of the palm.
3 Legged Frames - Three leg
frames allow for greater maneuverability but are less stable than 4
legged frames. Great for getting through smaller spaces.
4 Legged Frames - Four leg
frames are more stable allowing the user to maneuver through tougher
terrain. Since they are bulkier, they may not be good for tight
spaces. Good for individuals that go outside.
Wheels (for Rollators) -
The wheels of your Rollator can be large or small. The larger they are
the easier it is to get over tougher obstacles. Smaller wheeled Rollators are
more suited for indoor use. Wheels can also be fixed or have a swivel.
Brakes (for Rollators) - There
are three types of breaks in a Rollator. Pressure, cable, and locking.
They all have good points and bad. Make sure to ask your supplier for
information on the strengths and weaknesses of each type.
Indoor vs Outdoor - Two Walkers
may be the answer. A Rollator for outdoor use and a standard Walker
for indoor. If you have separate levels to your house or apartment you
may also consider getting one for each floor.
The key to better mobility and safety
is correctly matching the walking aid to the user's needs, abilities,
limitations, and environment.