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How to choose a Rollator

What is a Rollator?

To put it in simple terms a rollator is a walking aid with a wheel at the end of each leg. There are three wheel and four wheel rollators available. Usually they come with a handy pouch for storage and the four wheeled rollators come with a seat.The three wheel model is perfect for indoors as its tidy and easily manoeuvrable around objects in the home such as doors and tricky areas like hallways. They can also be used outdoors.The four wheel rollator is perfect for outdoors - it is larger than the three wheeler and has a seat which is perfect for the user if they need to take a rest, they can also be used indoors. They fold up for easy storage in the boot of a car making trips out much more pleasurable.

How to Choose a Rollator

When purchasing a rollator there are many factors to take into consideration, such as should you get a three wheel or four wheel?  Where you are intending to use it, and will you need a seat? Your own weight and height.You may like to consider some of these points:
  • If you want it for indoor use, then the three wheel rollators would be the best option they are lighter and have a tighter turning radius.
  • Think about the size of your house as this may  have an impact on the width of your rollator if there are narrow spaces in your kitchen or bathroom then the three wheel rollator is the one to choose as they can be partially collapsed to fit through tight spaces.
  • Do you need a seat? All four wheel models have seats and are more stable. If it important you have a seat, then you need to go for a four wheel model think about the shape and material of the seat. Padded and contoured seats are far more comfortable than hard plastic seats.
  • Are you going to be out and about? Then the four wheel model is the one to choose they are wider than the three wheel model and sturdier for outdoor use.
  • All rollators are height adjustable ensuring the correct position for your height. Your  retailor should be able to adjust the rollator to the correct height for you.
  • When choosing a rollator look for both the weight capacity and the overall product weight. Be sure you are comfortably under the weight capacity of the product to ensure it will support you correctly (this applies to all mobility products). The overall product weight is important if you must lift it into a car or upstairs.
  • The weight of the rollator will depend on its construction as the steel frame variety are much heavier than the aluminium. As a rule, the steel framed rollator is cheaper than the aluminium model.
Once you are happy with the type you need then go to a reputable dealer who will go through the options for you as well as the safety measures i.e. brakes and wheels.
If you are a first time user then you will be amazed at the difference a rollator can make to your mobility and you will enjoy getting about more.

A small selection of our favourite Rollators:

Drive R8 Red Aluminium Rollator with Padded Seat and Vinyl Underseat Bag Angel Mobility LIGHTWEIGHT ROLLATOR FOLDING TRI WALKER WALKING FRAME ZIMMER 3 WHEEL WALKER (Red) Weighs only 4.2 kg Drive Black Nitro Wheel Rollator with Backrest, Seat and bag (Eligible for VAT relief in the UK) Homecraft Folding Three Wheeled Rollator, Tri Walker with Lockable Cable Brakes, Carry Bag, Basket and Tray, Walking Mobility Aid, Lightweight Foldable Steel Frame, Thick Tyres, Quartz Days Deluxe Lightweight Folding Four Wheel Rollator, Rollator, Easy Storage and Travel, Carry Bag, Mobility Aids, Adjustable Seat Height 55 cm
Walking Sticks. Advice from The Disability Resource Centre, North Wales

Walking Stick Advice

Most of us take walking totally for granted and don’t give a second thought to getting out of bed in the morning and rushing about to get ready for the day ahead, this is normal behaviour and is carried out in millions of homes throughout the country, but, what if something happens to a person’s mobility.

Lets say in all their hurrying they miss the bottom step on the stairs or trip over something that has been left on the floor and sprain or even break an ankle thus rendering them disabled for a period of time.Then there are the people who are not so lucky and feel pain with every step they take, perhaps they have arthritis or any of the many disabling conditions which cause them to have to use walking sticks or crutches to aid their mobility.Of course, there are people out there who would love to be able to walk no matter how painful it may be. But in this blog, I would like to concentrate on the walking stick and crutch users.A walking stick or crutch is a great aid but can do damage if it is not sized correctly to the individual’s needs. It is a good idea if you are purchasing a stick from a retailor that you ask them to size it correctly for you.Making sure you have the correct size walking stickIf you have to size it yourself you should turn the walking stick upside down on the floor and put your hand straight by your side, where the stick meets the knuckle on your wrist is the correct length for you so mark the stick and cut off the excess, simple exercise but you may need someone with you to help.There are other walking sticks like crutches which have a series of holes and a notch which you put through one hole to find the correct position. As with the above you should measure the stick is the correct length for you.With crutches it is a good idea for your occupational therapist or physiotherapist to prescribe the correct length stick for you.FerulesYou should check the ferule at the end of the stick to be sure it has not worn away as if it has it can cause the stick to slip.  If this happens the user may fall over and do even more damage to themselves. Most mobility shops will sell ferules - they cost very little but take the stick with you because there are several different size ferules available and you will need the correct one.If your stick is the correct length for you then your posture will be in the correct position to enable your mobility to return to you as soon as possible after your injury or in the case of long term mobility problems to lessen the pain.
There is a wide variety of walking sticks to choose from some of which are very collectable, some are fun, and some are utilitarian. Whichever you choose good luck - I hope you feel better soon.

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