Freedom Mobility offers the strongest, most stable and versatile walkers available on the market today. We will carefully assess your needs and will recommend solutions based on your unique mobility challenges. The walkers and rollators in our Maryland store can accommodate individuals from 4’ 8” to 6’ 6” tall and up to 400 lbs. Most models offer a comfortable padded seat. If you suffer from poor endurance, poor balance or use bottled oxygen, we can find you a product that addresses these issues.
Our walkers have been thoroughly tested and most come with a lifetime warranty on frames. A five-year warranty on braking systems and a one-year warranty on all other components apply to most models. Keep in mind that the warranty benefits are applicable to the original owner only. Many of our walkers also come with a unique five-year insurance replacement policy against vandalism and theft. Located in Hanover, Maryland, we serve customers from Glen Burnie, Towson, Rockville, Annapolis, Owings Mills and throughout the Baltimore area.
Difference Between a Walker and a Rollator
A basic walker has a very simple design: it has two handles that are shaped like arches, which create 4 touch points with the ground. The handles are connected with a bar that also prevents the user from tipping over. Some walkers have casters on the front legs, but the traditional ones have to be lifted and physically moved in order to advance forward.
A rollator is just another word for a rolling walker. This type of walker has casters on all four legs, which makes it much easier to move around, especially when you need to turn. Rollators also have a brake system operated via the handles similar to that of a bicycle. Rolling walkers might be more expensive than the traditional walkers, but they offer a lot more flexibility and ease of operation.
How to Choose a Rollator
Rollators come packed with different features, so it’s not always easy to decide which one to choose. Freedom Mobility has been selling rollators in Maryland for a long time now, and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in your selection. Meanwhile, here are a few things to consider when choosing a rollator.
Some rollators can be folded for convenient transportation and storage, while other models come with rigid frames that can’t be manipulated. If you plan on taking your rollator on a bus, a plane or in a car, it might make sense to get a foldable model. Another aspect of portability is weight. Occasionally you might have to lift your rollator sometimes to overcome certain obstacles. Make sure you choose a lightweight model that is also durable.
Most rollators come with seats, but there are also seat-less models. A seat is a great feature that can serve two main purposes. If you are using a rollator by yourself, you can sit down whenever you get tired and want to take a break. If you frequently travel accompanied by your caregiver, he or she can push you around while you are sitting down, similar to a wheelchair. This is possible thanks to the adjustable handles some rollators have—switch them to face the opposite direction and you have a basic wheelchair!
Size and Height
The majority of the rolling walkers we carry in our Maryland store have adjustable handles and even adjustable seat backs. Before committing to a specific model, be sure to check if it can be tailored to your height. Another important specification to look for is the rollator’s width. It might not matter if you have plenty of space in your home, but if you have to move through narrow hallways or doorways, make sure your rollator will fit.
If you need to carry an oxygen tank wherever you go or would like to have room for your personal belongings in your walker, then you need to get a model with storage. From wire baskets to cloth pouches and plastic buckets, there are several different permanent and removable storage options for rollators. And, as always, our Maryland rollator experts can help you choose the most convenient storage solution for your needs.
If you or a loved one are in need of a rollator or walker, contact us today and get a free quote.
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