Rollators

The Benefits of Using a Rollator

One new device that has transformed transportation for the elderly and disabled is the rollator. Despite this, many people do not know what a rollator is. The best way to think of a rollator is as a progression of the standard walker.

A rollator was designed to address a number of the drawbacks in the design of the walker and other mobility aids. First, a walker will not support most people's regular walking gait. These mobility aids also tend to not have the ability to easily change direction or pivot.

To address these issues, a rollator has four large wheels as opposed to the two smaller ones and two posts that walkers have. These wheels are usually covered by tires for more dependability. Unlike the wheels on a walker, they are designed to easily pivot and make turns. Depending on the design of the rollator, the wheels may have a large turn radius or a smaller turn radius.

The posts, which are not an efficient method of braking, have been replaced with a braking system that implements squeezable brakes on the handles. These brakes are similar to the ones found on 10-speed bikes. They can simply be squeezed to brake all four wheels simultaneously. The brake can then be released by the user to continue walking.

Rollators also have other advantages over walkers. For one, a rollator has a seat. The seat can be implemented when the user is taking a break from walking. Alternatively, a companion could slowly push a person using the seat similarly to a wheel chair. However, the rollator is first and foremost designed to be used as a walking aid for those with degenerative diseases that affect the joints and muscles. It is not meant to be used as a replacement for a wheelchair.

A rollator also includes a basket handy for holding the user's belongings as well as for shopping. The basket is made of wire and is rather sturdy compared to the baskets on some bicycles and scooters. Like a walker, a rollator can also be collapsed for storage. Collapsed, it fits perfectly into a car trunk. It can then later be unfolded for use in a second or so.

A rollator, however, is not suggested for everyone who has mobility problems. Those recovering from surgery may be told to use crutches to allow for proper healing. Others may be better off with a wheelchair or scooter. Regardless, there are many people who would find the use of a rollator a significant improvement over other choices such as walkers and canes.

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