Reasons why you might need a walker or rollator
If you are finding walking a little challenging or you are a little unsteady on your feet, then a walker or rollator could be the ideal accompaniment to keep you on the move. They are especially useful for anyone who may suffer with balance or those who may require an occasional mid-point sit down and rest whilst walking about.
In fact, the benefits that a walker provides can be transformational. Keeping independently active and on the move is so important, so the assistance of one of these highly practical mobility aids is a great confidence booster.
What is the difference between a walker and a rollator?
There isn’t any! Walkers with wheels are most commonly called either walkers or rollators, although the two-wheeled versions are also known as walking frames. But to clear up any confusion, walkers and rollators are, to all intents and purposes, interchangeable names – generally lightweight mobility aids that have three or four wheels, depending on the level of support you may require. So, in answer to the question, do I need a walker or rollator, the answer is, one is the same as the other!
Given their popularity, you may well have spotted them out and about in town or in the park. Nevertheless, there are walkers and rollators designed for indoor as well as outdoor use. As a rule of thumb, however, they are primarily made for outdoor use and are of a similar size, although they can vary considerably in terms of weight, according to whether they have steel or aluminium frames.
Designs range from light and manoeuvrable three-wheeled tri-walkers through to more sturdy versions with double wheels at the front, offering greater stability. The latter types of mobility walkers all have the added benefit of a seat. Then there are four wheeled seated walkers, which offer an even greater level of stability and support.
What they all have in common, however, is that they are foldable for easy transportation and storage. And most also have an on-board carrier for light shopping and personal belongings – vital features for many of our clients who often use them in conjunction with a car or public transport. Taking them on the bus down to the town is a major plus for many.
What are the different types of walkers?
They are many and varied – it really comes down to what you actually require your walker/rollator to do.
Most walkers are predominantly designed for outdoor use – for instance popping down to the shops, taking on the bus or folding up and popping in the boot of a car, as described above. However, certain models can also be used indoors as they are narrower than a standard doorway.
Regarding support, how much do you realistically need? It’s important to stress that all our walkers/rollators are fitted with very reliable brakes; brakes for slowing down and stopping, as well as separate lockable brakes for parking up. Meanwhile, a seated model will allow you to sit down and take a break, should you need it.
Weight is also a consideration. If you need to lift your walker/rollator, it needs to be light enough to be manageable. And you will also need to factor in sufficient storage space in your property or vehicle.
Handle height is another important factor and this can vary from model to model, although often handlebar height can be adjusted. Ensuring that you are in a comfortable, upright position with your arms slightly bent at the elbows is the correct posture to take – you certainly don’t want to be pushing the walker/rollator around like a shopping trolley!
What is the Lightest Rollator?
We have a great selection of lightweight mobility walkers and rollators but, of particular note, we’d like to bring to your attention the Roma Medical Lightweight 3 Wheel Walker, which weighs only 4kg – a whole lot lighter than any other 3 wheel walker! Priced at just £102.00 including VAT (and only £85.00 ex VAT, if you are eligible for VAT exemption), this sturdy-framed, lightweight mobility walker is ideal for outdoor use. It has adjustable height handles (from 86cm-99cm) nice and comfortable ergonomic hand grips and its swivel front castors make it extremely manoeuvrable.
What’s more, with lockable loop brakes, you’ll always have fingertip control – it won’t run away with you! And it folds, too, making it easy to pack away in the boot for safe and easy transportation.
“Road Test” first
As with the majority of the equipment we sell, but especially with walkers and rollators, it’s important that you “try before you buy” so that we can make sure you are matched with the correct mobility walker/rollator for your needs. You need to be comfortable with the mechanism (braking, control, steering etc) and how it will work practically for you. Get it right and you could have a reliable walking companion for years to come!
For further information about our wide range of walkers and rollators, give us a call on 01420 549481 or drop by our Alton showroom, one of the best stocked mobility and disability equipment centres throughout Hampshire.