We carry a great selection of walkers, rollators, Canes, and Crutches at one of our Nashville Tennessee locations. If you can’t make it in you can order online as we offer free shipping on these items.
Choosing the Right Walker or Rollator
Choosing the right walker.Walkers come in a variety of styles and sizes. Below we will go into detail on all the styles and features that are offered on walkers.Standard walkersStandard walkers have a 300 pound weight capacity unfold for easy transportation. They have height adjustable legs so that the walker can fit you properly. Most walkers come with front wheels and glide on the back of the adjustable legs so you can have a normal gate when using the device. Certain walkers have triggers as handles so you can fold it up easily while other versions have buttons which you have to push down in order to fold the walker for transportation reasons. They make standard walkers in junior and adult sizes so you can pretty much fit anyone that is between 4’8 all the way up to 6’6.
Walkers with seat (also known as rollators)
Walkers with seat (also known as rollators) This type of walker has become extremely popular over the last 20 years. The Rollator comes with a seat option and gives you the ability to sit when you need a rest which can be very handy when walking long distances. This version of Walker does fold up. It has a lot more options than your standard walkers. Most Rollators have 6 inch wheels but some of the versions have 8 and 10 inch wheels which are great for outdoor use. They even have different back styles to make sitting more comfortable. Some versions of the Rollators are adjustable in height and can be extremely handy when sitting down and getting up. Most of them have a pouch under the seat which comes in very handy to put small items.
The translator is a new device is a transport chair and a Rollator all in one. These have adjustable backs that flip back-and-forth so you can easily sit down from either side of the device so if you are too tired to walk you can have someone push you. This is very handy and takes up less trunk space then having a walker and a wheelchair. They fold up like a wheelchair and weigh around 20-23 lbs depending on the model.
The Upright Walker is the newest style of walker on the market. It is built with handles that sit up close to chest and shoulder area which allow you to lean on the armrest and stand up straighter. They definitely can help if you have back issues or have difficulty standing for long periods of time. They also have a seat so if you need a place to rest, you’ve got one.
Heavy Duty Walkers & Rollators
There are certain models that are available with higher weight capacities, some go up to 500 pounds. The biggest thing to look at when searching for a heavy-duty device is the width of the seat between the armrest and make sure that it will adequately fit your needs. Not all versions of the walkers and Rollators that we spoke about in the above section are made with a higher weight capacity.
Are Rollators Dangerous?
If a rollator is used properly, they are not dangerous. They are a walking aid and not a transport device. They have 4 wheels so they do move side to side easier. Typically they are used for individuals that have issues with walking long distances and are not recommended for people that have balance issues. If you have concerns contact your physician or Physical therapist and get their opinion.