Rollators Vs. Walkers: Which is Right for Your Loved One?

If your loved one struggles with balance issues, arthritic pain, carrying objects while they walk, or other walking issues, then a rollator or walker may be a good fit. Today we’re going to take a look at what a walker or rollator can do for your loved one and which option may fit them better in the long run. 

When Does Your Loved One Need a Walker?

Walkers and rollators can be very helpful for ensuring the safety of your loved one as they navigate the world around them. For example, if your loved one struggles with decreased weight bearing or is unable to rely on both of their legs, a walker can help them maintain their stability. Similarly, if your loved one suffers from frequent fatigue, or a lowered endurance, then the seat often found on rollators and walkers can be very helpful, as it will give them a place to rest at any time. Poor balance caused by low blood pressure, neurological conditions such as stroke, or diabetic neuropathy, or general dizziness can also be aided by rollators and walkers.

Walkers Vs. Rollators

Walkers and rollators accomplish the same goals with slightly different methods. Both pieces of equipment offer four points of contact between the patient and the ground. Both types of walking aids can come with a basket or bag to help carry small items. The big difference is that rollators have four wheels whereas walkers only have two in the front. Because of this, rollators have brakes similar to those of a bicycle if the patient is on an incline or needs to stop. The other big difference between the two pieces of equipment is that rollators can come with seats for when the patient gets tired and needs to rest. At the end of the day, both options can help your loved one with their mobility issues. The question is which one is right for them? This is a question your trusted mobility store can assist you with answering if you can’t decide.

Freedom Mobility is Your Source for a Rollator in Maryland!

We can help you determine whether a walker or a rollator is right for your loved one. If you’d like to learn more about our mobility equipment, give us a call at (443) 251-3053. You can also stop in to our showroom for more information as well as the chance to “test-drive” some of our products.

Madison Wine December 7, 2023
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