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Walkers are excellent mobility solutions. If you’re an individual who needs a little extra assistance walking from point A to point B, a walker is a great way to both get assistance with rising from a seated position and staying steady on your feet while taking those steps. Walkers, however, aren’t the most ideal solutions for walking along rough terrain. If you still enjoy the great outdoors and wish to take walks on your own, a rollator may be a better bet.
Rollators are also known as four-wheel walkers. They are walkers that include seats, wheels and brakes and are ideal for people who require stability when they lift their feet to walk forward. The most obvious perk of a rollator is that it has wheels on the end of each leg. This means that you will be able to move the walker along more smoothly, rather than having to steady yourself enough to be able to lift the walker and set it ahead of you every few steps.
Let’s take a look at the main benefits of using a rollator over a traditional walker.
It is not built solely for walking.
Because a rollator comes with a seat, it doubles as a resting station whenever you’ve taken too many steps for your liking. A standard walker gives you no seat, so locating a nearby bench is necessary if you find yourself needing a break. The built-in seats of rollators make it easy for their users to put on the brakes, turn around and sit down. This feature is amazingly convenient and is a top reason why many people choose rollators over traditional walkers.
It is designed to meet your specific requirements.
Standard walkers don’t usually vary all that much when it comes to sizes, weights and styles. Rollators, on the other hand, do not fit in the “one size fits all” category. There is a variety of rollators to choose from to ensure that you can find one that meets your specific needs. Also, as mentioned, because they have wheels, rollators tend to be a lot easier to push along. It isn’t necessary to pick up and put down this type of walker.
It can be used indoors and outdoors.
Earlier, we noted that rollators are ideal for walking along unlevel surfaces – and they are. But don’t assume they can’t be used indoors as well. Rollators are designed to function both indoors and outdoors. For starters, the wheels eliminate the need for tennis balls. Many people put them on the legs of traditional walkers in order to avoid getting scuff marks on their floors. In addition, rollator wheels make walking along trails and dirt paths so much simpler. As a result, many people who use rollators are able to enjoy walks in the park with their families.
At Mobility & More, we’re very proud to offer rollators as one of our many excellent mobility solutions. For more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 704-821-7777 or visit our showroom for a test drive.