What are the main features I should look for when purchasing a walker or rollator?
The Frame – Most of the frames you’ll see on a walker or rollator are made from aluminum. The only consideration here is if the individual needs extra support because of their weight. There are heavy duty frames available.
Wheels (for rollators) – The wheels of your rollator can be large or small. The larger they are the easier it is to get over tougher obstacles. Smaller wheels are more suited for indoor use. Wheels can also be fixed or have a swivel.
Brakes (for rollators) – There are three types of breaks in a rollator. Pressure, cable, and locking. They all have good points and bad. Make sure to ask your supplier for information on the strengths and weaknesses of each type.
Indoor vs Outdoor – Two walkers may be the answer. A rollator for outdoor use and a standard walker for indoor. If you have separate levels to your house or apartment you may also consider getting one for each flour.
The key to better mobility and safety is correctly matching the walking aid to the user’s needs, abilities, limitations, and environment. Always check with your doctor or medical professional before purchasing.