Three Wheels or Four: Which Rollator Is Right for You?

Three Wheels or Four: Which Rollator Is Right for You?

As we age, our mobility and gait can reduce or become unsteady. The need for mobility aids to help us get around thus becomes greater. Options such as canes, walkers, and rollators are available, but it is not just our gait or immobility that determine which type of mobility aid best fit our individual mobility needs. For those who opt for a rollator, choosing the right one makes all the difference. At HPFY,  we help you choose between three- or four-wheel versions of rollators.

A Rollator Is Better Because….

Individuals with diminished or limited mobility often require some type of medical aid to get around safely. This can be in the form of a cane, a walker, or a wheelchair depending on your limitation. Often the best option is a rollator  - in which case it can be hard to decide on the three versus four-wheel question.  So why is a rollator your best bet sometimes over a walker or cane? Benefits of a rollator include:

  1. Built-in seat for pauses during walking
  2. No need for lifting to walk
  3. Fold up backrests
  4. Locking brakes
  5. More personal storage
  6. Adjustable height

While a rollator may be confused with a walker as they look similar, the differences in how they are used are considerable and distinct. For someone with reduced upper body dexterity and mobility, the ability to lift and advance a walker may be too difficult or dangerous. Rollators with their four corner wheels become the obvious choice. The wheels also allow the user to get around faster and more easily

Benefits of Three Wheel Rollator

All rollators might seem alike but there are differences. Those with three wheels might be more appropriate for some users. The environment where the rollator will be used -  your apartment, house, or workplace –determines if three wheels are the appropriate option for you. Benefits of a three-wheel rollator include:

  • Tighter turning radius
  • Narrower
  • Lighter
  • Easy to fold for storage
  • Easier for travel or transport

Are Four Wheel Rollator Better?

For those looking to overcome limited mobility, a four-wheeled rollator may be the better option. Some pluses of a four-wheeled rollator are:

  • Increased stability
  • Seat
  • Higher weight capacity
  • More height options
  • Backrest
  • Better on uneven terrain

Limited or reduced mobility can trap individuals in their homes but mobility aids such as three or four-wheeled rollators can help them regain their independence and quality of life. The key to figuring out which one is right for you is a matter of examining the environment in which you will be using it. Consult your physical therapist or doctor to determine the necessities that you must have. Asking them a few questions will help you take control and to get back out there and enjoy this wonderful world!!


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