If you suffer from limited mobility, concerns about falling may leave you feeling confined to your house. You may even be afraid to move around your home as you once did. Walkers and rollators can help you regain your mobility by providing support and helping you to maintain your balance when you're walking at home or on the go. Walgreens carries a variety of walkers, rollators and walker accessories with something to meet the mobility needs of nearly everyone.
All About Traditional Walkers
Traditional walkers consist of a metal frame that is designed to surround the body on three sides. When you move with a traditional walker, the frame helps to keep the body balanced and provides support. People may use walkers due to degenerative disorders that limit their mobility, injuries that make it difficult to move or as a part of the rehabilitation process after surgery. Walkers are available with two or four wheels as well as without wheels. Wheels make a walker easier to move, but they can also reduce control of the device. Your doctor can help you decide whether a wheel-less, two-wheel or four-wheel walker is the safest choice for your needs.
Using a Traditional Walker
The proper way to use a walker varies between wheeled and wheel-less models. With a wheeled walker, roll the walker forward about the distance of one pace in front of you. Then, hold the walker still and step toward it, repeating the process again and again. To use a wheel-less walker, lift the frame and place it the distance of one pace in front of you. Step toward it and repeat. No matter which type of walker you choose, you should be certain to adjust it to the correct height for your body. The handles should rest at hip level and be positioned, so that you can keep your elbows slightly bent as you walk. Your doctor may provide you with additional tips regarding the use of your walker.
Features of Rollators
Rollators are similar to walkers that have three or four wheels. However, there is one major difference between a walker and a rollator. In addition to the handlebars, frame and wheels, a rollator will also have a seat included in its design. The seat is convenient for individuals who may grow tired quickly when using a walker and need to take frequent rest breaks as well as for occasions when you would otherwise need to stand for long periods of time. Some rollators include storage baskets beneath their seats for added convenience, and nearly all are outfitted with handbrakes. To use a rollator safely, you'll need to have strength and dexterity in your hands, so be sure to get your doctor's approval before purchasing one.
Using a Rollator
Using a rollator is very similar to using a rolling walker, except that you can trigger the handbrakes as you step forward to enhance the stability of the mobility aid. You can also use the handbrakes to reduce the chances of slipping on difficult terrains if the rollator begins to slide. Before sitting down on the seat of the rollator, be certain to activate the brakes to prevent the mobility aid from sliding out from underneath you or starting to roll while you are seated.
For more home health care solutions, browse the many products offered by Walgreens and find the mobility product that meets your needs.