People with mobility limitations find it difficult to move without support – whether this is due to elements such as injury, disability, or old-age. Walkers and rollators have been used for many years as a mobility aid to assist people in walking, providing stability and durability that goes where you go.
With in-built cushions, storage bags and baskets, wheels, brakes, handles and more – the latest range of walkers and rollators are available at RehabPulse to give users the confidence they need and the independence they want to move more freely
Standard Walker – This simple, lightweight medical tool is used by holding two handles, which enables you to maneuver the walker in front as you move. It is considered ideal for users with less mobility because the four non-slip legs provide the maximum amount of stability. Some walkers have smaller wheels so that the user is able to slide it across the floor. Wheels can be helpful for those who don’t have the upper body strength to pick up and move the walker.
Upright Walker – This walker allows the user to maintain an upright posture rather than leaning forward over the handles. The upper body weight of the user transmits into the forearms and hands rather than shoulder and elbow. It is found that many seniors have chronic pain in their wrists and hands which makes a standard walker uncomfortable for them. Many upright walkers come with an ergonomic hand brake to stop the walker in motion.
Three-Wheeled Rolling Walker – This walker is designed to stay in motion until the handbrake locks the wheel in place. This model often comes with an optional seat and storage compartment so you can rest or use it as shelf to carry items around. This walker is easier to move in tight spaces as compared to four-wheeled rolling walkers.
Four-Wheeled Rolling Walker – This is also known as "rollator" and is very popular because of its lightweight and smooth rolling movement. It is best for active people who just need a little extra support in staying active. This model also often includes a seat and storage capacity, as well as using a handbrake to stop movement like the three-wheeled alternative.
Beach Access Walker – This walker comes with a larger price tag and is often more recreational in its purpose, but it can be worth the investment for the people who love to go to the beaches or live near heavily sanded areas as it is safer and easier to move over sand with this walker.
The rollator, or rolling walker, is a walker with a wheel at the bottom of each leg. There are many different designs to suit the needs of varying user requirements.
Rollators can be used both indoors and outdoors, and they provide additional stability and maneuverability as compared to traditional non-wheeled walkers.
RehabPulse has a wide range of strong and sturdy rollators to improve posture and give maximum support and comfort while giving the user more independent mobility.
Advantages of Walkers And Rollators
Walkers and rollators have been a popular mobility aid for seniors and individuals who require extra mobility support following a medical procedure, or due to disability, for many years.
Walkers can be an essential part of the rehabilitation process, giving users more independence, better stability and confidence while moving, as well as reducing the pain associated with walking, and the comfort of a built-in seat where the user would like the option to stop and catch their breath when out and about.
The advantages of using these mobility devices include:
Stamina: Walking for long distances may seem impossible to those with mobility limitations, but with an aid like a walker or a rollator, users can travel further. This can be very helpful in aiding recovery from a procedure or injury, as well as keeping seniors healthy for longer.
Comfort: Many walkers and rollators now come with a built-in cushioned seat, allowing users to take a break when needed, as well as being a secure and accessible place to rest, reducing the chance of falls.
Confidence: Whether the user has required mobility assistance their whole life, or they are recovering from an injury or operation, they may still have difficulty balancing when moving. A walker or a rollator gives the user the confidence to move further, knowing they have a durable support system to prevent them from becoming unbalanced or falling.
Factors To Consider When Buying A Walker or Rollator
Here are four key features that you should look for when deciding which model is best for you:
Adjustability – Bear your height in mind when looking at different frame dimensions. A person who is 6” in height will not use the same design as someone who is 5'1", so check to see the span of heights in adjustable handles, and other height-sensitive features.
Weight Rating – Weight bearing load is one of the most important factors to determine which type of walker to use. Most walkers are designed to accommodate weights up to 300lbs. If you want a walker to support more weight, then a bariatric model may be best for you – the frames are made from reinforced aluminium and steel for strength and durability, can bear up to 700 lbs, and they offer a wider cushioned seat and larger frame.
Stability – If you are just looking for weight-bearing stable support, then a standard front-wheeled walker will best fit for you. However, if you are looking for mobility and endurance to help you remain active, then using a four-wheels may be the most suitable for you.
Usage - With all walkers and rollators, it is worth determining your usage requirements, whether indoor and outdoor as this can impact wheel-type, and whether the frame needs to be easily collapsible and transportable.
Before you make a decision, it is a good idea to seek the guidance of a medical professional who can give you more specific advice according to your health needs, as well as your height and weight.
RehabPulse have a team of experts to offer support and guidance, call us at 1-877-234-2018.
We offer White Glove Delivery, simply fill in your Zip Code, calculate your mileage and ask for our in-home services for support from an assistive technology professional (ATP). You can calculate your in-home services fees based on the distance your location is from our nearest facility.
RehabPulse is a one-stop shop for all DME products and services. The experts at RehabPulse can save you weeks of debating the pros and cons of different models.
For more questions, please don’t hesitate to call 1-877-234-2018.