Cards

Z-Tec Rollators

Four Wheel Walkers or Rollators differ from the tri wheel walkers in that they have 4 wheels instead of 3.
Generally the two front castors will swivel to enable the frame to turn, whilst the rear two are fixed for stability. our wheel walkers usually incorporate a seat between the handle bars which can be extremely useful if you need to rest during your journey.

Four wheel walkers tend to be wider and less maneuverable than tri wheel walkers but provide greater stability and are less likely to tip over.

Some Factors to Consider When Choosing a Rollator

Sizing

The key size attributes to think about are the height of the frame and handlebars, the height of the seat and the overall width of the frame.

Most wheeled walking frames are height adjustable by moving the handlebars up and down. This provides a range of hand heights to choose from.

The seat height tends to be fixed for most types of standard four wheel walkers but many walking frames now have the function to adjust the height of the seat.

Setting the Handle Height

The height of the handlebars of the rollator is important to maintaining a good posture. If the height is set too low then you may find that you stoop when walking. If the handles are set too high, the frame will not give the support you need and may be difficult to control.

The ideal height is for the handles to be at the same level as your wrist when you are stood in a relaxed manner with your hands by your side with the elbows slightly bent.

Setting the Seat Height

The rollator seat height should be chosen to be comfortable when sitting in a ‘perching’ style. This should be higher than the seat height you would normally have for an armchair, as you will only be sitting for short periods of time ie  anywhere between 4” and 6” higher than the normal seat height.

Braking on Rollators

Loop brakes are the most common type used on rollators and operate in a similar way to the brakes on a bicycle. The brake is applied through squeezing a looped shaped lever mounted on each handlebar. This lever applies a brake to the wheel which slows down. Most types of loop brake also have a built in handbrake facility, whereby you push the loop down and it locks in place.