Walker or Rollator: How to Choose What’s Right for You

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First decision: recognizing that your independence depends on support from some sort of mobility device.

Second decision: walker or rollator?

What’s the difference?

Simply put, a walker is a handled frame with legs; a rollator has three or four wheels and handlebars with hand-operated brakes.

Your healthcare professional will recommend the right device based on your needs. In general, rollators, because of their wheels and agility, are best for people who are able to walk, but need help with balance and stability, or who fatigue easily. Most rollators also have a basket option, so they can be used to carry a purse or other items, and many have a built-in seat.

If you can’t bear weight on one or both legs, for example after a hip replacement, but otherwise are mobile enough not to require a wheelchair, a walker may well be the right choice. Walkers are usually smaller than the smallest rollator, so if you  regularly uses a rollator you might also want a walker to use in narrow spaces at home, such as a small bathroom or walk-in closet.

 Types of walkers

The standard walker is a simple and lightweight design without wheels, so it’s stable enough to bear significant weight. Walkers are also available in two-wheel versions, good for people who don’t need quite as much support but are not stable or agile enough to use a four-wheeled rollator. A three-wheeled walker is usually narrower and can be easier to maneuver in tight spaces. A four-wheeled walker adds more stability and a seat, so you can rest at any time. Both types of walkers are available in folding and non-folding versions, and many can be adjusted to suit your 

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Types of rollators

Rollators come in three-wheel and four-wheel styles. Both are available with different wheel sizes - larger wheels are more durable and stable on rough surfaces, especially outdoors. Some four-wheeled  rollators come as bariatric models  for heavier people.

Rollators can be fitted with lots of convenient accessories to meet your needs when you’re on the go - IV poles, oxygen tank holders, a cup holder, baskets and bags for carrying parcels, even a forward-facing light to help in dark spaces.



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