It is well-established that walking is important to maintain independence in daily life activities. For many obese individuals, walking becomes a taxing activity.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity is a growing health problem in industrialized societies including the United States. Obesity is a risk factor for a number of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis, hypertension and certain cancers, according to WHO.
Studies (Stenholm et al. and Launer et al.) have shown that obesity increased the risk of walking limitation. Another study by Guralnik et al. showed that the walking limitation, in turn, decreases the quality of life and independence among obese older people.
Heavy Duty Rollator
Health care professionals often prescribed the heavy duty rollator to obese older adults. The heavy duty rollator by Drive Medical, in particular, can accommodate individuals of up to 500 pounds.
The heavy duty rollator is a walking aid with four wheels, handles, hand break/lock, a seat, a backrest and a basket.
Obese individuals benefit from the heavy duty rollator because of the following reasons:
1. Wider Base of Support
This assistive device has a wider base of support. It can support up to 50% of the user’s weight.
2. Comfortable Seat
The seat of the heavy duty rollator is a convenient feature especially for those who easily get tired and can feel pain. The seat allows users to rest and relax their muscles. Do not, however, allow anyone to push you while you are seated on the heavy duty rollator. This medical product is a walking aid. This should not be used as a transportation device.
3. Ideal for Indoor and Outdoor Use
The 8-inch caster wheels of the heavy duty rollator are ideal for indoor and outdoor use.
4. Height Adjustable
This walking tool is height adjustable. An incorrect height can cause back, shoulder, elbow or wrist pain. The American Geriatrics Society recommends the following steps in order to achieve the correct height:
a. Wear your normal shoes.
b. Let your arms hang loosely on your sides.
c. Request another person to measure the distance between the floor and your wrist.
d. Adjust the height based on this measurement.
e. Hold the handles. If you notice a 20-degree to 30-degree bend on your elbow, then you have achieved the correct height of your heavy duty rollator.