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How to use and choose a Rollator

WHEEL SIZE

you'll want to take into consideration the size of the wheels' diameter. Most rollator wheels are between 6 and 10 inches, and wheels 8 inches or above are considered "large."

Many people find that a rollator with large wheels is the best rollator for them. Larger wheels allow you to better maneuver the rollator outdoors and over uneven terrain. Consider where you will be using your rollator: will you often need it outside or over different terrains? If that's a possibility, it's best to purchase a rollator with larger wheels.

If you think you'll mostly be using your rollator indoors, 6- to 7-inch wheels could be a better option. You'll most often be moving over even ground, and smaller wheels have a tighter turning radius that is better for maneuvering your rollator inside.   

SEAT

,You'll want to ensure it's comfortable. For optimum comfort, look for a rollator with a padded or sling seat. Unpadded plastic seats, while easier to clean, can quickly become painful to sit on. You can also purchase separate cushions to sit on.

You will also want to pay attention to the seat dimensions. Most standard rollator seat widths run small, between 13" and 18", but the inside width of the rollator will be several inches wider. To determine the right width for you:  

  • Measure the width of your backside when sitting on a flat surface.

  • Add an inch or two to this measurement to ensure comfortable seating.

SEAT TO FLOOR HEIGHT

The seat-to-floor height, or seat height, should allow you to sit comfortably without your feet dangling. To determine the ideal floor-to-seat height, measure the length from the floor to the crease in the back of the user's knee while the user's standing in everyday shoes. This measurement will indicate the seat-to-floor height you should look for in a rollator.

It can be helpful to purchase a rollator with an adjustable seat-to-floor height to make adjustments as needed.  

HANDLE HEIGHT

To find the appropriate handle height:

  • The user should stand in their regular shoes with their arms at their side and elbows bent slightly.

  • Measure the distance between the floor and the center of their wrist while in this position.

This measurement will be the appropriate handle height for them. You may find that you need to purchase a rollator made specifically for taller or shorter people.

Most rollators will be handle height adjustable, but many users find that the best rollators have a wide adjustment range. That way, it can be adjusted an inch or two higher or lower than the measurement if needed.  

OVERALL WIDTH

Your rollator should easily fit through frequently used doors and passageways. To ensure this, measure what you believe to be the narrowest space in your most frequented locations, such as your home, school, or workplace.

Look for a rollator with an overall width at least an inch or two less than this measurement. Most rollators will be between 22" and 31" wide.

OVERALL WEIGHT

The overall weight of the rollator can be substantial, especially if you'll need one that can be transported anywhere. A lightweight rollator is ideal for traveling and easily portable. Lightweight rollator frames are typically made with aluminum, allowing them to be as lightweight as 11 pounds.

Other rollators can weigh up to 26 pounds, but if you won't be traveling with yours often, this may be suitable for you. Be sure to pay attention to the overall weight of potential rollators to find one that is best for your situation.  

WEIGHT CAPACITY

The rollator's weight capacity should also be considered to ensure that it can safely support the user. Standard rollators can typically support between 250 and 350 pounds. You may find that you need a heavy-duty rollator, which usually has a weight capacity between 400 and 500 pounds.

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