Whether you're in the healing process of an accident or have lost your point of balance, you might find yourself in need of a walker, or better yet, a rollator. With the following guide you'll have important aspects on how to choose the right rollator.
is not much different from a walker, it is basically a walker with wheels on all four legs. However, the latest designs come with different additives that make them more appealing and practical; excellent for the outdoors where the roads might be uneven. They have a great range of mobility with swivel wheels and hand brakes. Some come with larger wheels and most new models come equipped with baskets or pouches and seats; great for those who often need to take a little break between walks.
Okay, so you've decided you need and want a rollator... the first thing you need to consider before making your purchase is how often will you use it and where. There is a variety of rollators for all circumstances of life. Therefore taking into account the time and setting of its use, here are some aspects to look at:
The right width. If you live in a house with the standard hallways and doorways, a regular 4 wheel rollator might not always fit in those tight spaces. However a 3 wheel rollator can be tilted to fit through narrow pass ways.
Weight support. This aspect has two relevant features to think about. The rollator's total weight and the weight it can support. Be sure that you are under the total support range to always be sure you can rely on it. And the overall weight of the walking aid should be considered if you plan on lifting it up the stairs or onto a car.
Take a seat. If you need it to have a seating support, then consider getting a 4 wheel rollator since most 3 wheel rollators
do not have this feature. Also make sure that if it does have a seat, that it has an adjustable height and that it has a comfortable seating material.
3 or 4 wheels? For obvious reasons most 3 wheel rollators will be lighter and have a smaller turning radius while the 4 wheel models can be more stable and comfortable.
Once you know how to choose the right rollator for you, comes the height measurement: Stand up straight with your shoes on, letting your arms hang on the side. Have someone help you measure the height between the floor and the crease of your wrist. This sizing is be where the handles of your rollator should go. The height of the seat is usually measured under user preferences.