Rollators and walkers are handy and even essential pieces of equipment necessary for people who are weak, frail, post-op or have trouble getting around. They have sturdy frames with either 3 or 4 wheels, brakes operated by the hands, storage baskets and seats that fold down for taking a rest.
Rollators and walkers are devices designed for people who have trouble walking distances, which can mean from one room to another, down the hall, around the block or to the mall. For reasons such as illness, recent surgery, shortness of breath or old age, they can be useful to help those people stay independent. In addition to walking with a rollator or walker, they are also helpful to use when sitting down or standing up, since they give the person something to hang on to. There are many styles and models to choose from, but the standard features are across the board.
One of the main reasons rollators are so popular is that they help keep people safe. If a person is frail or weak, it’s important to have something to lean on when walking or to help guide them. If they begin to lose their balance, for instance, they have something with them that will support them. Or if they are short of breath and need to quickly sit down, they have to only turn around and sit, because the equipment has a built-in seat. Even if they experience a bout of dizziness, there is less risk of falling with a seat close at hand.
Rollators and walkers are built for durability and stability. Whether three large wheels or four, they roll smoothly and steadily without risk of tipping. There are basic models as well as more sophisticated styles, but one of the things to look for are they type of handbrakes and how much hand strength is needed to operate them. The handlebars should be comfortable and of course the height of walkers is adjustable. The folding seat should be well padded and the baskets and storage space adequate.