Who are Rollators suitable for?
are a frame-like, four-wheeled, and extremely stable walking aid similar to a four-wheeled vehicle. The appearance of the walker is somewhat similar to the shopping cart in the supermarket, but the height and the tightness of the brakes can be adjusted (there are also three-wheeled walkers, which are more flexible to use).
The rollator is very suitable for people with joint dysfunction such as waist, hip, knee, ankle, etc. It can be used as a crutch to assist in walking, and it can also be used as a stool when tired. It is a safe, secure, and comfortable rehabilitation tool. The benefits of a rollator are safety, reliability, and rest; a rollator is more "all-terrain" than a traditional walker, making it an ideal mobile device for those who enjoy the outdoors or have a more active lifestyle. At the end of the day, rollators are designed to improve balance and walking speed while in use, making them ideal for long distances.
Rollator VS Walker: how to choose
Everyone has different needs when faced with reduced mobility, depending on their physical abilities and lifestyle. Then the factors to consider when choosing a walker and a walker are as follows:
1. Balance and support needs
are faster devices (that's why they have brakes) and they also have four wheels, which help with speed.A walker for people with limited weight bearing on one leg, it is more stable than a walker with wheels and allows a person to use their arm to press down on the handle to take the weight off one of their legs. There are standard legs in the rear, but the front two legs have small wheels to allow one to move a little faster. Rolling walkers are safer if someone can bear the full weight of their legs and they are stable enough to walk at a more normal pace.
If you are indoors, usually on flat ground, then a walker will suffice. It is generally light and easy to handle, and the person with the walker must be able to push the walker over hard surfaces such as carpet, so they should have Sufficient upper body strength required to do this. If you are outdoors, such as on the sidewalk or on the street, these places generally have different degrees of unevenness, so it is a bit difficult to use a walker. Naturally, Rollators are more convenient. Larger wheels can increase walking speed, especially on uneven outdoor terrain like driveway pavers because the four larger wheels can handle uneven terrain and you can move at a faster pace.
Many rollators and walkers are height-adjustable, but height is relatively less important for rollators.When choosing a walker, you want to make sure that it can be adjusted into a fairly upright position when using the device. If you find yourself very hunched, this product is not tall enough for you.
Most standard walkers are designed for people weighing 175-300 lbs. For someone weighing 300-500 lbs, you'll want to consider an extra wide, heavyweight weight-loss walker.Rollers have a significant weight limit and because the rollator has a built-in seat, it needs to support your full weight and not just your upper body weight. A standard rollator can typically support up to 300 pounds, while a heavy-duty rollator can support up to 500 pounds.
5. Upper Body Strength
Walking aids require a slight lift with each step, and are more suitable for use after surgical treatments such as knee/hip replacements and leg fractures, as an effective way to reduce the recovery period after surgery. The rollator does not require the same upper body strength, and no need to lift the rollator, and patients without core muscle stability impairments, and arm and leg weakness can use the rollator, for neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's deficiencies, it is very useful in helping people improve walking and core muscle stability.
1. Clearly apply the purpose of the rollator. The functional application considers the purpose of indoor, outdoor, load, and seat provision.
2. A comprehensive understanding of patients with physical disabilities includes height, weight, age, general condition, disease diagnosis, disease severity, and progress.
3. Patients with physical impairments should be comprehensively evaluated in terms of balance ability, lower limb weight-bearing capacity, lower limb muscle strength, gait and walking function, upper limb muscle strength, and hand grip strength and grasping methods.
4. When choosing a rollator, you must choose the one that suits you best. Also, one of the common mistakes is to put the rollator too far forward and keep walking inside the rollator instead of walking behind it, so you have to keep your body upright while walking.
5. The rollator is suitable for frail patients, elderly patients, patients with lower limb fractures, and patients with unilateral or bilateral lower limb weakness.
6. Another thing to pay attention to is not to adjust the rollator too high. Patients can make walking less comfortable and more likely to fall.