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A Buying Guide to Rollators

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A Buying Guide to Rollators
A rollator is a wheeled walking frame that provides additional stability for the user and often comes with useful accessories such as a seat, brakes and a shopping basket. Rollators are generally strong, sturdy and easy to manoeuvre, and are typically designed for outdoor use.

They differ from conventional walking frames in that they are generally more robust, heavier and better equipped. They may be supplied in adult, paediatric and bariatric versions.

Safety Considerations

Safety is obviously a paramount concern, so consider the following before committing to any particular purchase:

  • Brakes - are they easy to grip and to apply? Can they still be used when wearing winter gloves? Is there a parking brake or can the hand-brakes be locked in place if the user wishes to sit or lean against the rollator to take a rest?
  • Handles - are they easy to grip? Are they set at a comfortable height?
  • Wheels - are they suitable for use in the intended conditions? Larger wheels are easier to manoeuvre over rough or uneven ground.
  • Seat - is it strong, suitably sized and fitted with a back-rest for added security?

Other Functional Considerations

There are many factors to consider when choosing a rollator but they depend largely on the user's personal requirements and the environment in which the rollator is likely to be used. The following are some factors that might be useful to bear in mind:

  • Ergonomics - is the rollator equipped with a height adjustable seat and handles? Will the user have plenty of room to step forward without hitting the wheels or the rear of the frame?
  • Comfort - how comfortable is the seat and the walking position?
  • Storage - does the rollator fold safely and easily, and to a size that can readily be stored in a vehicle or in the home?
  • Accessories - can it be fitted with useful extras such as a tray, basket, under-seat bag, walking stick holder, lamp, bottle holder or umbrella?
  • Special features - if the user will need to negotiate kerbs and other obstacles, look for a rollator with a special kerb-climber facility. If the user has reduced grip strength due to arthritis or some similar condition, look for rollator handles with arthritic attachments, which aid grip and stability.
  • 3 wheels or 4? - Three wheeled walkers are often lighter than the standard 4-wheel rollator and may be easier to pack down for storage. However, check for stability and be aware that a three wheeled rollator cannot be used with a pair of channel ramps. They also tend not to be supplied with seats.
  • Strength - check the maximum user weight and make sure it is appropriate for the intended user. Please note that bariatric rollators are also available with reinforced frames and wider seats.
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