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Guidance on choosing a walking aid, triwalker or rollator

There are two main categories of  walking aids available:

Walking Frames/ Zimmer Frames
Rollators / Tri-walkers/ Wheeled Walkers

Walking frames are designed for people who need more support than a cane provides, but who do not require a wheelchair.  Walkers allow you to place more weight on your arms, instead of your legs, and also assist with support and balance.

Most walking frames or Zimmer frames have the same basic design - four legs and a lightweight frame.  Walking frames are also available with wheels on the two front legs.

Note - When you use your walker, the height should be set so that your elbows are slightly bent.

A wheeled walker can reduce the risk of falling and it will provide much more support than a walking stick or cane and more maneuverability than a walking frame.

What to look out for when choosing a Rollator

Rollators are basically walkers with wheels on each leg, with extra features built in for support and comfort.  They are perfect for people who cannot lift a non-wheeled walker off the ground.  Many rollators have built-in seats, so that you can take periodic rests.

Three wheeled walker or tri-walkers are lighter in weight and more maneuverable that a four wheeled rollator, but tend not to be quite as stable.

Rollators have brakes, so you are always in control.  The front wheels on most rollators swivel, so you can easily turn or change directions without lifting the walker.  The larger the castor, the easier a walker is to manoeuvre over difficult surfaces.

Other features to look out for on a rollator are:
Adjustable handle height - Make sure your rollator will adjust to the height you need.
Width between the handgrips – You will want to make sure you will be able to comfortably fit between the handgrips when using the seat.
Overall width - If you will be using your rollator in your home, make sure the rollator is not too wide to fit through your doorways.
Folding capability - Look for a rollator that folds, so you can easily put it in the boot of your car, or store it when not in use.
Weight – Choose a lightweight or aluminium rollator - they are easier to carry or transport Weight capacity - make sure that the rollator has a weight capacity that will adequately support you.

There are also many comfort and convenience features that you can look for.  A basket for carrying shopping personal items is always handy.  If you'll be sitting on your rollator a lot, you might want one with a padded seat and backrest (curved or straight back).   Some rollators even come in stylish colours, so you can pick one to suit your preference

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