Millions of people all over the U.S. use a mobility aid each the year. After an accident or surgery, mobility aids help ensure you’ll recover fully. Of course, the disabled and those in their golden years may use them more frequently.
Most people have heard of the traditional walker. These are widely available and patients are often told about them by hospitals. However, there is another option: The less-known rollator.
Let’s explore the two and which one might be best for your situation.
Walkers: The Traditional Option for Recovery
Walkers are a great way for people of any age to maintain an independent lifestyle in spite of conditions that limit mobility. They are ideal for people suffering from hip and back issues, rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory problems that reduce endurance.
The walker is designed for those who are ambulatory, i.e., who do not need a wheelchair. It provides a sturdy, four-legged frame that supports the user while moving from place to place. He or she can stop any time for rest and can use the item for support.
Today’s walkers are typically made of aluminum, so they are light and easy to use. Assuming they’re kept indoors when they aren’t needed, very little can go wrong with them. It’s easy to use them for a long time, since they include soft comfort grips and rubber caps to stop slippage.
Rollators: A Wheeled Walker for Mobility Aid
At first glance, a rollator may seem similar to a walker. In fact, it is also called a wheeled walker.
It’s simply a frame that consists of three or four large wheels, a seat and a handlebar. Those whose health requires them to rest frequently benefit more from the rollator’s seat than from the standing support of a walker.
If you might venture into grassy terrain or hills, a rollator is superior to a walker. However, you should still be careful to stay on paths whenever possible and avoid getting the rollator’s wheels too wet or grimy.
Rollators come in many varieties and can be adjustable. To maintain control of the wheels, they all come with handle brakes. However, they can be a bit heavier than standard walkers, and it is important to keep the wheels maintained.