Rollator Shopping in Three Easy Steps
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Everything can be done in three easy steps. Shopping for the most efficient rollator is no exception.
1. Focus on functionality
A Rollator’s level of functionality is correlated to your height and weight. Using a rollator which is not proportionate to your physique considerably diminishes the equipment’s usability, and at times, can even lead to discomfort.
There are three major types of rollators in relation to a user’s height: petite (5’2’ and below), medium (5’3” to 5’11”), and tall (5’11” to 6’4”).
Rollators’ weight capacities vary between 275 and 400 lbs. This is determined by the materials and mechanisms incorporated into the equipment. Aluminum frames are best for those who weigh less than 200lbs, whereas, steel frame variants are tailored fit for those who require a heavy-duty design.
Another functionality determinant is the handle mechanism. The best ones are easily adjustable and should complement your height: Your elbows should bend between 20 to 30 degrees when you stand behind the rollator and grip the handles.
2. Aim for adaptability
Suppose you have suffered from a recent stroke attack, or currently bear the symptoms of arthritis, it is best to shop for a rollator with utmost adaptability in relation to your condition. Things to look for include frame construction that should encourage sufficient balance and good posture, easily adjusted forearm support and handgrip, and convenient hand brakes.
3. Rely on reliability
Stability is crucial for individuals in need of rollators. It is imperative that while using this device, you feel ample relief and security. A reliable rollator should be sturdy enough to support your weight while facilitating utmost and trouble-free mobility.
Now that we have cited the three general steps in finding the most appropriate rollator, let us move forward to other details.
- • Rollator wheels come in either a 6 or 8 inch design. Six-inch wheels are best for petite users or those who normally use the equipment indoors and on a flat surface. Eight-inch wheels are suited to those who spend a lot of time outdoors.
- • Rollators have either a three or four-wheel mechanism. Three-wheel designs score high in maneuverability especially in cramped spaces or corners. Four-wheel variants are known for their sturdiness and ease of mobility. Most 3 wheel rollators do not have a seat while all 4 wheel rollators do.
- • There are three main types of wheel-brakes. Pressure brakes, the least common of the 3, require users to exert enough weight onto the frame in order for the brakes to respond. Cable brakes are similar to the brake mechanism found in bicycles, and can either be one or two-handed. Reverse brakes has a default locked-brake system which users can unlock by squeezing a handle.
- • Some rollators come with a padded or unpadded seat which varies in size. Standard adult users can opt for a 13” to 18” wide seat. There are heavy duty variants and specialized Bariatric seats which are at least 22” in width.
Fun and Straightforward Facts
• Walker with wheels is an idea that originated in Scandinavia.
• Swede Aina Wifalk invented the rollator back in 1978.
• Rollator, which is now a generic term, was once a brand name.
• Zimmers is the English equivalent of rollators.
• Back in 2007, a group of English elderly citizens formed a rock group called The Zimmers.