Our guide to rollator walkers
Find out more about how rollator walkers work and how they can benefit individuals with limited mobility.
A rollator walker is a versatile walking aid that provides stability and support when walking. Whether you’re recovering from injury, managing a chronic condition, or simply need assistance with balance, a rollator can greatly improve users’ mobility and confidence when on the move.
What are the benefits of using a rollator?
Rollator walkers have many benefits that can help improve the quality of life for individuals with limited mobility.
● Increased stability: Rollators assist individuals with walking difficulties or balance by providing stability and support to assist. This helps to reduce the risk of falls.
● Improved mobility: Rollator walkers have wheels attached to a sturdy frame, allowing for easier manoeuvrability compared to traditional walking aids. This allows users to move more freely and comfortably.
● Versatility: Rollators are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. We also offer off-road rollator walkers that make it easier to navigate outdoor terrain.
● Rollators with seat: Rollator walkers typically have a built-in seat, allowing users to rest when needed. This is especially beneficial for those who tire easily or have difficulty standing for long periods of time.
● Foldable rollators: Many rollators are foldable, making them easy to transport and store. This is beneficial for individuals who travel frequently or have limited storage space at home.
● Improved confidence and independence: Using a rollator can improve the user’s confidence in their ability to walk and move around independently. By allowing people to move around more freely this contributes to an overall improvement in their quality of life.
How do rollators work?
Rollators work by providing support and stability for individuals with mobility challenges, allowing them to walk with greater ease and confidence. Here is how rollators work:
1. Adjust the frame: Ensure the handles or grips are adjusted to the correct height. Your arms should be comfortably extended with a slight bend at the elbows.
2. On the move: The user grips the handlebars and propels the rollator forward by pushing on the handles while walking.
3. Coming to a stop: Rollator walkers also have hand-operated brakes, allowing users to come to a stop and secure the rollator when needed.
4. To sit down: If your rollator has a built-in seat, ensure that it is securely locked in place before sitting down.
Are rollator walkers safe?
While a rollator’s wheels contribute to their versatility, as they have wheels on all of their legs it is important to secure the device before sitting on it or when stationary to prevent any accidents.
It’s also important for users to be wary when using the rollator on uneven terrain. The risk of your rollator tipping or the wheels getting caught increases when walking outdoors on gravel paths, cobblestone streets, grass or muddy paths.
If you want to improve your mobility and walk confidently, check out our range of rollator walkers here.