A rollator is a mobility aid that consists of a metal frame mounted on three or four wheels. A pair of handlebars is positioned on one side, and there is usually a padded bar across the front. The handlebars are equipped with hand brakes for slowing down the rollator and for locking its wheels when the device needs to stay stationary. Rollators also have fold-down seats and many have storage baskets or bins built into their design.
Rollators offer many benefits when compared with other types of mobility aids. With a rollator, you do not have to lift the mobility aid to take a step the way that you do with a cane or a walker. The rolling wheels allow you to simply walk as you ordinarily would, and the frame will help you to maintain your balance. The fold-down seat comes in handy when you need to take a break or if you have to stand in a line and need to rest your feet. The built-in storage solutions often included in rollator designs eliminate the need for additional accessories and are very convenient when you’re on the go.
When you’re comparing the styles of rollators that are available on the market, you’ll want to take several things into consideration to select the right one for your needs. First, the rollator must be tall enough so that the handles rest near the folds of your wrists. The seat must be wide and deep enough for you to sit comfortably, and the rollator must have an adequate weight limit to support your body safely. Bariatric rollators are available if you need a larger seat or a higher weight limit rating. If you will be going on outings on your own and have a difficult time lifting heavy objects, you’ll want to take the weight of the rollator into consideration as you shop. Other things to keep in mind are the style of the seat, the type and amount of storage, the cost of the model and the color and appearance of the style.
To use a rollator, you must be able to walk on your own with basic support, and you must be able to adjust the speed at which you walk as needed to keep up with the mobility aid. In addition, enough hand strength and flexibility to operate the brake controls is required. Your doctor can advise you as to whether or not a rollator is a safe choice for your needs. Be certain to consult him or her before purchasing a rollator or any other type of mobility aid.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.