What is a Rollator Used For
I am nearly 70 years of age and have a lot of experience with rollators.
I have and use one and prior to the passing of my wife she used one for about 5 years.
A rollator is used to assist you with your mobility when you need assistance.
It may be used by a person who suffers a disability or by someone of senior years who needs assistance with walking but a walking stick can no longer give enough assistance but they don’t yet need a mobility scooter or wheelchair.
Sometimes Rollators are referred to as a rolling walker and in some countries they are called wheely walkers.
You can refer to our article about Rollator V Walker – Which is Right for You.
You can also refer to this article on Wikipedia re Walkers
Read on for more information about rollators.
What is a Rollator
A rollator is really a walker with 3 or 4 wheels that has a seat.
The seat is very handy in the case of you getting tired or simply wish to sit while having a conversation with other people.
It also has brakes found on each handle.
Rollators are generally foldable.
Quite often the Rollators of today’s designs come with a built in storage bag under the seat.
You simply use the Rollator by pushing it while you walk along behind it
How to Put a Rollator in a Car
Putting a Rollator in your car is a relatively easy thing to do.
It will come with instructions on how to fold the rollator up.
Both the ones I have had experience with have ony required me to:
- Apply the brakes
- Lift the seat up
- Grab the middle bar under where the seat was located before lifting it up
- Pull it up by the bar
Your Rollator should now be in a folded position ready to be placed in your vehicle.
Both my Rollators are 4 wheel ones and this is how they operate.
I have seen a 3 wheel one where it is a little bit simpler.
Just push a button and fold the handles in toward each other.
When you get a rollator you will be provided with full instructions on how to fold them.
I know from experience I have no problem with the 4 wheel ones.
Can You Push Someone on a Rollator
You should not push someone around on a Rollator.
Rollators are not built for pushing someone on them and in fact do not have the necessary strength to do so.
I can attest to this as I tried to push my wife from one room to another.
It turned out to be a disaster.
There was a strip along the floor between the rooms that held the floor coverings in place with one floor covering being higher than the other.
It started to fall towards me.
I was unable to take it back to a standing position so lowered my wife very gently to the floor.
Next I had to call for help to get her up off the floor.
After waiting for half an hour, sitting on the floor next to her and laughing about the whole episode, help arrived and all was well.
Luckily she was unhurt.
So take it from my experience don’t try to push anyone around on a Rollator.
If things progress to this level think about a wheelchair.
What Size Rollator Should I Get
This is quite simple to do.
Firstly check out the weight it will carry. If you are over the recommended carrying weight capacity you will have to look at a larger model.
Models for heavier people are called bariatric rollators.
You will find the term Bariatric commonly used for any item for a largert person.
Stand straight up and measure up from the floor to the crease on the inside of your wrist.
Make sure you have your elbows bent at an angle of 15 degrees to allow for holding the handles of the rollator.
My wife was 4 foot 11.25 inches and for some reason I believed I could adjust her rollator to fit me.
Unfortunately as I am 6 foot 2.5 inches this did not work.
I was measured by a physiotherapist who organized my rollator for me.
It had to be a bariatric model purely due to my height.
Going Shopping With a Rollator
One of the benefits for my wife when she got her Rollator was the ability to once again do the shopping instead of getting a home delivery.
It gave her the opportunity to get out of the house, get some exercise and mix in the community.
I never ceased to be amazed at how many people would come up to her and talk and they actually knew her by name.
We would get her and the rollator to the car.
Then she would get seated and I would fold up the rollator and put it in the trunk of the car.
Reverse this process at the other end and she was away.
I would push the trolley and she would be able to fill it with groceries.
If she got a bit tired it was simply a sit down on the seat of the rollator.
This she also did at the checkout.
In the line it was quite easy for her to stand and move up the line as it got shorter.
I walk to the shops and find the seat on the rollator very handy to put a couple of bags of groceries on.
Some Common Questions about Rollators
How Wide Are Rollators
Rollators come in different widths.
As such it will be necessary for you to have a carer or loved one find out the width of the rollator that you are looking to purchase to make sure it will be suitable for your requirements.
When researching my rollator I found widths form 17.5 inches to 29 inches.
The larger width was for a bariatric rollator that would support someone weighing 500 pounds.
In my case, as mentioned above, I needed a bariatric one due to my height.
Remember to measure your doorway to see if it will fit through it as well as your car trunk to make sure you can get it in.
As you can see each individual will have differing requirements according to their physical size.
Can a Rollator be used Outdoors
Rollators can be used outside your home.
Read the description of the model you are buying.
If you are only using it on smooth surfaces then most rollators will be suitable.
If you intend to use it on rougher surfaces my advice would be to look at one with larger wheels.
The description of the model you are looking at buying should advise you of the compatibility of your model and the surface you intend to use it on.
Is A Rollator Dangerous to Use
If you use common sense and are aware of your surroundings I don’t believe that they are dangerous.
Saying that I was walking along a path one day and saw a lady coming toward me.
Trying to do the right thing I moved off the path at the same time suffering a fall.
One of the wheels of my rollator got caught in a rut on the edge of the path and ended up going over with me.
It would have been a lot easier for the woman to move over and we would have just kept on our way.
I didn’t break anything but it made me realize that in future not to be a gentleman.
So What Is A Rollator Used For
I thank you for reading our post about Rollators and trust that you are now more knowledgeable about them.
Remember if you are buying one then please check the weight limit, if it will be a suitable size for you and if it is able to be folded and will fit in your motor vehicle.
Get a carer or loved one to go through all the measurements with you.
Be careful when you are using your new rollator and don’t do as I did above.
I wish you all the best in your search for a rollator.