Mobility aids are a wonderful resource as they allow for movement in situations where assistance is required to safely navigate a wide variety of settings. Rollators are a very popular mobility aid, but before you purchase a rollator, knowing which one is right for which situation is important!
Take the time to read through and call us or visit us at our Camp Hill store, where our knowledgeable staff can assist you with your selection.
Mobility Aid Benefits
Mobility aids are used by those wishing to remain living independently in their own home and by those who are moving into residential care facilities. They are also helpful in instances when someone is recovering from a surgery and receiving physical therapy until they can walk safely unassisted.
For anyone young or old with a walking difficulty, the walker, rollator, or wheelchair provides them the independence to function in and out of the home and provide a dramatic increase in quality of life.
One type of aid is the rollator. Let’s explore the different types of rollators, so you can make informed buying decisions and get the walking aid to best meet your needs. After you read through, head over to the rollator tab eHomeHealthcare website where you can check different rollators and compare features on up to four models.
What Is a Rollator?Some people refer to a rollator as a "wheeled walker." It consists of a frame with three or four large wheels. It has handlebars and a built-in seat. The rollator allows the user to stop and rest. While a walker has no seat, a rollator with a seat and a crossbar for back support allows the user to stop and rest when needed.
Rollators also have many accessory options which can be added, such as baskets to hold a shopping bag or books and trays to hold a beverage or a meal. We have a wide variety available at our Camp Hill store.
Different Types of Rollators
Different types of rollators meet different needs. At eHomeHealthcare, we can help you consider the benefits as you shop until you find the one that best meets your needs.
A rollator can have a seat and handlebars with brakes that can adjust in height. Some of them have enough range of adjustment to meet the needs of both adults and children. Unlike walkers, rollators have wheels on all of the legs, whether they are four-wheel or the trike-style three-wheel rollators.
The average weight of a rollator is around 15 pounds. Some models that are advertised as "lightweight." These lightweight models weigh around eleven pounds. A few pounds can make a difference as it is easier for the user or family member to load it into a car.
The other issue to consider regarding weight is "weight-capacity." Standard rollators are tested safe for people who weigh up to 250 pounds. There are models classified as a bariatric roller which will serve those weighing 350 - 500 pounds. Generally, a bariatric rollator will have a lower seat to make it easier for the user to get in and out of, but keep in mind these rollators will weigh a bit more. On the opposite end, we carry a petite roller weighing in at just 13lbs to serve those with a smaller frame.Like walkers, rollators fold up easily, so they fit more easily into a car or closet. Most can stay in a folded standard position making it so easy to roll and park just about anywhere.
Do you enjoy getting outside? There are rollators with soft gripping casters and non-marring tires that are typically at least 6" in diameter. These serve two purposes. They won't mark up your indoor floors and they make it easier to maneuver over uneven dirt or gravel paths.
The three-wheel rollator is shaped like a tricycle. It is lighter than most four-wheel models and often easier to maneuver because the three-wheel design to navigate sharper turns, a function that serves well in small spaces. They also fold easily for ease of transport.
Overall, rollators are designed to improve overall mobility, safety, and independence and we are here to help you select the best one for our eHomeHealthcare customers.