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Buy a Rollator Rolling Walker - 3 wheel, 4 wheeled, Bariatric

Updated on June 20, 2011

Do you need a Rollator?

 As we get older our independence becomes very important to us. We are not quite so steady on our feet and our families have a habit of worrying. For those who live alone especially, a mobility walker can be a great help. They decrease the risk of falls and improve confidence. At a time of our lives when a simple stumble can lead to a broken hip, safety means independence.

Which type of Mobility Walker is right for you?

There are so many different types of rollator available now that choosing which one is right for you can be confusing.

The following list shows a few of the more popular types and their advantages.

  • Three Wheel Walkers: Their main advantage is maneuverability. They are easier to turn around corners and fit into tighter spaces. 3 wheel rollators also take up less room for storage and transportation.
  • Four Wheel Walkers: Slightly more difficult to steer but offering more stability. 4 wheel rollators also allow extra features such as a seat for resting.
  • Bariatric Walkers: These are specifically designed for the heavier person with a more sturdy frame. The strength of bariatric rollators is most important when the walker has a resting seat.

Other features:

  • Foldable: For ease of transport and storing
  • Seat: Choose a padded seat if it is going to be used for anything more than brief periods
  • Brakes: Activated by hand, some also have a 'park brake' option to fix the rollator while the seat is being used.
  • Basket or tray: Enables food, drink or other items to be carried without compromising balance .

Starting out with a Rollator

It is wise to get help with any assembly and have someone with you the first time you use a new walker. It won't take you long to get used to it and learn how to operate the key features - learn the brakes first!

Before buying a new elderly mobility aid measure the width of the doorways in your house to see if the rollators size is going to be an issue.

It is a good idea to remove any floor rugs - these are both a tripping hazard and an obstacle for the rollator.

Those who use a stair lift are advised to get two walkers rather than try to carry the walker with them on the lift.

With a bit of practice your safety will improve and your confidence will grow.

Here are a few examples of popular mobility walkers:

4 Wheel Folding Rolling Walker with Shopping Basket, Padded Seat and Dual Handbrakes

This is a very popular product that is feature packed but very economical.

A comfortable padded seat covers the utility basket and to prevent hunching over, the handles are adjustable from 31 inches to 37.

Weighing in at only 17 pounds it can support a user weight of up to 300 pounds.

It also comes with a lifetime limited warranty on the frame.

This is a very good, economical choice for everyday use.

Drive Winnie Lite 3 Wheel Rollator Walker

 For the slightly more mobile person looking for a little extra support, this is a good walker.

Suitable for outdoor use, it offers the easy operation of a 3 wheeled mobility walker plus features such as adjustable handle height, dual brakes and a vinyl pouch.

This rollator is suitable for carrying an oxygen bottle but does not offer a seat like 4 wheeled mobility walkers.

The Duro-Med Extra Wide Heavy Duty Rollator

 Offering all of the useful features of a regular mobility walker, this rollator by Duro-Med has the added strength to support users up to 375 pounds.

Seating width has been increased to 22.5 inches and it is padded for comfort.

A basket is included for convenience and this walker has a high level of customer satisfaction.

Rollator - Correct usage?


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