February 1, 2016

Rolling Walkers and Rollators: How To Find The Perfect Fit

Gemino Rollator Walking Aid Walker

I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about one of today’s most popular mobility aids- the rolling walker or “Rollator”. Lots of people are confused by the terminology, but either name is fine – they both really mean the same thing. Rollators are great when you need a little help with balance, or have to sit down and rest once in a while.

Four Wheel Rollator with Hand brakes, back support and seat

Rollators have four wheels, and the two on the front swivel making them easy to steer. They have two handles which are height adjustable so you can set the height according to your preference. Most have brakes built into the handles, so you can either slow down on a hill or a ramp, or lock the brakes to keep the rollator from moving when you want to park it. A seat is incorporated into the design. If you get tired and want to take a break you have your own place to sit right along with you! There is either a canvas pouch or a basket under the seat to hold your goodies as well. Now how handy is that?

Once you’ve decided that a rollator might be just the thing to help your mobility, it’s time to determine which one will be the best fit. They come in different heights, widths and weight capacities, so there is sure to be one just right for you!

rolling walkers help with balance and coordination

If you are 5’2” and under choose a Petite rollator for a seat height of 16 to 18 inches. When you sit on the seat you want your feet to touch the floor. Measure a chair in your home to see what seat height is best for you. The handles can be set as low as 28 inches from the floor, so with your arms relaxed by your sides, measure from the floor to watchband height. That measurement tells you a good height to set the handles for a natural bend to your elbows.

If you are between 5’3” and 5’11”choose a rollator with a seat height from 18 to 22 inches. When you sit on the seat you want your feet to touch the floor, but make sure the seat is high enough for you to stand up from with ease. The handles can be set between 31 and 36 inches from the floor, so with your arms relaxed by your sides, measure from the floor to watchband height. That measurement tells you a good height to set the handles for a natural bend to your elbows.

If you are 6 feet and over a Tall rollator will work best for you. The seat heights range from 22 to 24 inches, and the handle heights range all the way up to 41 inches from the floor. The handles can be set between 31 and 36 inches from the floor, so with your arms relaxed by your sides, measure from the floor to watchband height. That measurement tells you a good height to set the handles for a natural bend to your elbows.

Rolling Walker Rollator by Drive Medical

As with any personal product, these measurements are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Particularly when setting the handle height, make sure the handles are set high enough so you stand and walk as erect as possible, with your head looking forward and not down. For safety’s sake, always remember to lock your handbrakes before you sit down, and enjoy the self-confidence gained by using your new rollator!

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