A rollator is a frame that has four wheels, brakes, handlebars, and a seat that gives you support when walking.
The built-in seat allows you to sit and stop to rest when needed.
Unlike a walker that needs to be lifted continuously to step forward, the swivel wheels in a rollator allow you to move forward quickly. The included hand brakes will enable you to control your walking speed.
A rollator is also referred to as a rolling walker or a wheeled walker but not to be confused with a walker.
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When to Use a Rollator?
A rollator is useful if you can walk but need a little help with support when walking. If you need rest and take a break often, the built-in seat comes in handy.
It helps you carry any necessities such as an oxygen tank or personal belongings by attaching a basket or a pouch.
Additionally, a rollator is also very useful if you have weak arms or grip. You need decent arm strength to be able to grab and lift a walker to step forward constantly.
If you have issues with balance and stability, you should not use a rollator and use a walker instead.
How to Accessorize a Rollator
You can accessorize a rollator to expand its capabilities and make it extra useful.
Items include a cup holder, a basket or pouch to carry your belongings, and a fun assortment of bells.
Pouches and cup holders are the most popular rollator accessories.
Types of Rollators
Most often, you'll find four-wheeled rollators, such as the popular Ultralight Freedom Rolling Walker by Medline.
You will also find three-wheel rollators, which offer you more maneuverability and allow you to make tight turns to navigate narrow hallways or doorways.
A popular model is the Nova Traveler 3 Wheel Rollator.
For those looking for more a higher weight capacity, a heavy-duty rollator has reinforced frames, wider seats, and larger wheels.
When to Use A Rollator?
People who need a little more support than a cane will most often benefit from using a rollator.
A rollator can help you:
||• Reduce the risk of falling.
• Avoid fatigue.
• Help you remain active by assisting you with walking outside.
• Allow you to rest by stopping and sitting on the built-in seat.
• Can still provide some support if you can't lift a walker.
• Carry belongings with you.
• Travel easier with it since most models can fold up.
The benefit of using a mobility aid is the freedom and degree of independence it can provide you, which in turn benefits your self-esteem and confidence.
A rollator is one member of the mobility aid device family that includes: medical walkers, wheelchairs, and knee scooters.