This assistive technology is valuable to people who are restricted from bearing weight, particularly after a surgery in the hip, ankle or knee. The rollator walker is also beneficial to people who find it difficult to balance themselves as well as to those who are weak in one or two legs due to an injury or ailment.
The standard walker and the rollator walker are the two kinds of walkers based on their ground contact design. These two are similar as they are designed with the basic walking frame. The rollator walker has wheels; while the standard walker has no wheels. Typically, rollators have four wheels, some though are available with three wheels.
Here are some tips on the safe and effective use of the rollator walkers:
- Correct the Device Height
The rollator walker has to match the height of the user. A height disparity may cause back, shoulder, elbow or wrist pain. To find out if the equipment is tweaked to the correct height, make sure that the handgrips of the rollator walker are at the level of the wrists of the user.
- Practice Assistant
At first, you may be unsure in moving and walking with the rollator walker. For safety, it is advisable to have someone nearby to assist or help you when any untoward events may happen during practice. Once you get the hang of moving and walking using this device, there is no need to have someone assisting you.
- Basic Steps
The basic steps involve in using the rollator walker are first, stand inside the frame; and second, push the device when moving forward.
- Front Distance
When walking using the rollator walker, make sure that you are not too far from the front of the equipment, nor too close to the front.
- Arms Utilization
The user of the rollator walker must be able to use both arms as these are needed for holding on to the equipment.
Do not use the rollator walker though when going down or going up the stairs.