As we age we face changes in our body, in our mind and in our lives. One change that some of us may encounter is having difficulty getting from one place to another without assistance. But, our inability to travel easily may also be hindered by injury; therefore, there are multiple instances where we may have to turn to wheelchairs or the less restricting rollators and canes as means of transportation assistance. Whatever method we choose, however, is normally based on recommendations from your doctor unless the matter is not considered a necessity.
What is a rollator?
I’m sure you are wondering what a rollator is now that I have mentioned it in the previous paragraph. Rollators are better known as rolling walkers or walkers with wheels. Wheeled walkers are walking aids that contain a sturdy, usually metal, frame and either three or four wheels. Numerous models also may contain a storage bag or compartment as well as a built-in seat. Generally, rollators weigh about the same as a standard walker, but their wheels reduce friction which makes it easy to move around.
A rollator is built from a sturdy frame with three or four wheels, handlebars and in most causes a built-in seat, which allows the user to stop and rest when desired. They are also frequently equipped with a shopping basket or compartment of some sort. Rollators are typically more advanced than the conventional wheeled walkers as they are modifiable in height and light-weight. The handlebars come equipped with hand brakes that can either be lifted or pushed down on (dependant on the model) in order to promptly stop the rollator.
The individual walks in the middle of the rollator with the frame close on three sides (front and sides of the body). Their hands provide extra support on the top of the frame and allow them to lean or put weight if necessary. As with other walkers, in order to move the user must push the walker in front of them matching their stride for a continued motion. With the use of the wheels the rollator may move in a glide motion with ease. Instead of the user pushing the walker ahead then needing to catch up with it before continuing they are able to walk in a fluid motion. This is helpful for those with little arm strength or whom have difficulty getting moving each time.
A walker is a respectable tool for those who are recuperating from leg or backbone grievances or simply need assistance walking throughout their daily activities. It is designed to allow the user to move without needing assistance from someone else, leaving them more independent. Another related product is a hemi-walker. These are intended for use by people whom have limited to no dexterity in one hand or arm.
Would I recommend a rollator?
Yes. If you need assistance walking for any reason whether it be injuring, age, etc. it is certainly worth it to test out the waters with a rollator. They are proven to help lessen the pain, are easy to use and inexpensive. They are available for purchase through various companies and websites. The urge to lead a less restrained life motivates the user to learn how to properly and safely use mobility products such as rollators to their best advantage. Moreover, the desire to be independent than to be reliant on others is possible with this product.