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You'll Walk Away A Winner With This Rollator,
This review is from: Aidapt Aluminium Rollator Walking Aid (Personal Care)
I work with a lot of elderly folks and come in contact with a lot of walkers, and I have to say, this one is one of the best. These particular types of walkers are known as "rollators" and they have a lot of advantages over regular walkers:
-they have four wheels instead of two so they roll smoother
-they have hand brakes that can lock down
-they have a seat, so if you get tired, you can turn and sit down to rest
-the storage bags on them hold more than a regular walker
-they can hold you up better because they have a wider base of support
-they can turn and cut corners much better than a regular walker
With all these advantages, you might want to rush out and get one right away, however here's a few things to keep in mind:
-these walkers roll across the floor smoother and faster. While they do have brakes, they're really for people who can walk at a fairly normal pace and have pretty good balance - if you don't, they can literally roll away from you quickly, despite the brakes. Just know that if you have really bad balance and walk slow, this may not be your best choice.
-rollators are bigger than regular walkers and may not roll in and out of your bathroom doorway
-while the seat is a big advantage, to use it, you have to push both brakes all the way down until they lock - this keeps the wheels from moving. From here, you do have to have good enough balance to turn all the way around 180 degrees and sit down. This may be risking a fall for people with really bad balance OR if your loved one had memory issues and forgets to lock the brakes first - just something to keep in mind.
All-in-all this is a great choice for a walker if the fit is right for the person. Also recommend Treat Your Own Knee Arthritis if you have knee pain or weakness that interferes with your walking. Good luck!