What is a rollator walker used for? A rolling walker, also known as a rollator, is designed to help seniors move around more easily—and more safely. However, just like any piece of equipment, there are key points to four-wheeled walker safety, and you should know how to use a rollator properly. Read on to learn more about rollator safety and specific tips to ensure you stay safe.
Some Basic Tips
There are more involved rollator safety tips when using a rollator, but there are several important safety measures to keep in mind first. These include:
- There are two types of walkers, and using a rolling walker is much different than using a standard walker. If you’ve used a standard walker before, you may be used to picking it up while walking. You’ll never do this with a rollator—all four wheels should always be on the ground.
- Use the brakes if you sit on your rollator. One of the most important rollator safety tips is always to make sure the brakes are on before you sit on your rollator, if you have a seat
- Don’t use the rollator on stairs. It could be very unsafe if one of the wheels slipped. It’s also not advisable to use a standard walker on stairs—use a cane instead.
How to Use a Rollator Properly
If you’ve never used a rollator before, you should be instructed to use it properly. When you stand, use your arms for stability, and use your legs to pull yourself to a standing position. Also, the rollator should be ahead of you slightly while walking. For the best stability, try to keep your body (including feet and toes) within the rollator’s frame.
More Safety Tips
If you’re wondering about using a walker in the bathroom or using a walker in the kitchen, you may find more stability in using your counters rather than the rollator, depending on the size of the space. However, always make sure you keep your rollator within reach. Some other rollator safety tips to keep in mind include:
- Read the manufacturer instructions. It’s common not to read instruction manuals, but it’s really important you do so you know all about your specific model.
- Use brakes while walking. Brakes aren’t just for when you take a seat on the rolling walker—they can also be used while you’re walking. This can help control the rollator’s pace and is especially useful when you feel the rollator start to get away from you.
- Don’t put all your weight on the rollator. If you press down on the handlebars, the rollator can’t handle all of your weight. Use the rolling walker for stability, but make sure you put all your weight into your feet.
- Use small steps when turning. You should always be facing the front of the rollator, and it’s natural to want to lift it to turn it or use your body. Instead, take small steps when turning, always keeping the rollator wheels on the ground.
- Attach a flashlight to the rolling walker. This can help you see when it’s dark outside and can even help you navigate your home if the light is dim.
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