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Mobility aids are a boon to those with mobility concerns as these products help them regain their independence. However, it is imperative to make an informed decision of investing in the correct mobility aid, one which addresses the user’s specific needs. Understanding one’s situation, specific needs, educating oneself on the choices available, and then investing in the correct mobility aid, is very crucial. It is against this backdrop that this article, with a focus on rollators as a mobility aid, tries to understand who needs them, their specific features, types, uses, and functions.
A rollator also referred to as a wheeled walker, is a walker on wheels comprising of a frame with three or four wheels, handle bars, and a built-in padded seat. It features handbrakes, a backrest as well as a basket/pouch to carry personal things. Rollators are easier to use than a walker because they just need to be pushed around like a cart instead of having to be lifted and placed with each step.
A rollator is ideal for someone who can walk but needs a helping hand in maintaining stability and balance. The following conditions necessitate the use of a rollator:
Decreased weight-bearing capacity on one or both the legs: because of fracture, wound on the feet/lower legs, arthritis, pain in legs due to poor blood circulation, surgery, hip replacement, etc.
Fatigue: due to respiratory conditions, illnesses, diabetes, aging, etc.
Poor balance: due to neurological conditions, low blood pressure, dizziness, ear disturbances, slow reflexes, etc.
They primarily keep the users active and independent, while ensuring their utmost safety.
Features to look for when buying a Rollator-
Let us look at some of the salient characteristics of rollators which will help the user pick the one that suits his needs best.
Thus, available in several styles, sizes, and configurations, rollators have multiple features that can readily meet individual user needs. So, picking the right rollator must be a well-informed decision. Seeking guidance from healthcare professionals can be very handy in this regard. They can further guide the user on how to use it safely. Lastly, like any other piece of equipment with moving parts, rollators too require periodic maintenance. Regular servicing should be done to correct any damage or wear and tear. This will ensure user safety and prolong life of the rollator.
The UPWalker Lite is a smaller and lighter version of the original UPWalker, affordable and perfect for indoor use. This revolutionary breakthrough in mobility aids allows users to walk upright in a secure and safer posture compared to the traditional walkers and rollators that require users to hunch over. This budget-friendly version of UPWalker is lightweight, making it easier to lift and transport, while the small size allows easy travel in tighter spaces.
Drive Duet Transport Chair and Rollator combines the features of a transport chair and rollator in one unit. The tool-free two position contoured padded back-rest is reversible depending on whether one is using the Duet in an ambulatory or transport chair mode. Comes with a comfortable padded seat with a large under seat pouch for storage of personal items which ensures that the unit stays open while in use and remains folded during transport. Drive Duet Transport Chair and Rollator has large 8" casters which are ideal for indoor and outdoor use
Drive Nitro Euro-Style Tall Aluminum Four Wheel Rollator eliminates the need to lift the device and allows walking with an easy, smooth gait. It is designed for those who want unmatched value along with proven comfort and convenience. With a sturdy and long-lasting frame made of lightweight aluminum, this rollator is durable, yet easy to move around over all surfaces. Flexible height adjustable removable back and height adjustable ergonomic handles conform to the individual user needs. Nitro Tall Rollator is ideal for users 6 feet and above.
ProBasics Standard Aluminum Rollator is carefully designed to fit the fundamental needs of patients with a focus on both style and affordability. Constructed of durable but lightweight aluminum, it offers great maneuverability and stability, allowing patients to move around easily. Each rollator comes equipped with easy-to-operate ergonomic hand brakes, a removable padded backrest, and a water-resistant nylon pouch for private storage of personal belongings whenever on the go. The FSA-approved aluminum rollator also easily folds up for storage when not in use and for transport with a built-in fold strap.
The Drive Rollator with a fold-up removable back support rollator is designed to meet the mobility requirements of those unable to move around unassisted. Aluminum Rollator provides maximum support and improved posture. It comes with strong brakes with serrated edges that give a firm hold.
Drive Nitro DLX Four Wheel Rollator is suitable for a single user with limited mobility. It is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Nitro DLX easily folds with one hand into an ultra-compact size for storage. Caster fork design enhances turning radius and 10 inches front casters allow for excellent steering and rolling comfort. Cross-brace design provides side-to-side folding and added stability. Nitro DLX should be cleaned regularly by hand with a damp cloth.
Rose Healthcare Four Wheeled Rollators feature adjustable height handles with comfortable foam hand grips. Its loop-type cable hand brakes operate on rear wheels and six inch wheels are ideal for indoor and outdoor use. It has easy folding mechanism for transport and storage. Rose Healthcare Four Wheeled Rollators are constructed of lightweight aluminum frame
ITA-MED Four Wheel Heavy Duty Aluminum Rollator with Loop Brakes has anatomical hand grips with loop braking system. It features straight padded back rest and eight inch wheels with wheel locks. It is ideal for people with walking problems, injuries, mobility problems, post-operative or weakness. ITA-MED Four Wheel Heavy Duty Aluminum Rollator with Loop Brakes folds easy for storage and transport
At HPFY, we have an amazing range of premium rollators that offer exceptional mobility and help move around spaces with ease.
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Swati Chadha has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2017. A stay-at-home mom of two wonderful children, her professional experience has been in the social development sector with a focus on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention. She considers ...
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