A walker can be the perfect mobility solution. It can help to compensate for a decrease in strength, balance or endurance and to reduce the stress on a painful joint or limb. With this added help, you can be more safe and independent in your daily activities. There are 4 main types of walkers: standard, rolling, rollator and combination walkers.
- Standard Walker. These are popular because they are inexpensive and provide a lot of support. They must be lifted to move so they require enough upper body strength to lift the walker and enough balance to stand independently for a moment. Standard walkers can be difficult for long trips and they can slow down the user substantially. These are the type commonly seen at drug stores and other big box retailers.
- Rolling Walker. A rolling walker is a standard walker with wheels on the front 2 legs. A rolling walker can allow for a faster pace because they do not need to be lifted with each step. They are somewhat less stable than a standard walker and are a good option for someone who wants the extra support but has the balance to move more freely and doesn't need to put a lot of weight on the walker.
- Rollator. Rollator is another name for a four wheel walker. A rollator has hand brakes for stability that can be locked for sitting. They allow the user to move as quickly as is safe because they are not slowed by having to lift. Most come equipped with a seat for rest and a basket or bag to hold personal items. Rollators are a very versatile type of walker providing many options for the user. Ease Living carries 2 of the best rollators available today- the Escape and the Gateway.
- 2 in 1 Rollator & Transport Chair Another popular option is the Rollator/transport chair combination. It can be used as a traditional rollator, providing support to the person pushing it, or as a transport chair, offering the user a chance to sit back and relax as a caregiver pushes. This option is especially popular for travel because it offers the most flexibility. If you do not choose a rollator/transport chair, it is important to be aware that the seat of a traditional rollator is ONLY for resting, not for being transported.
No matter what device you choose, there are many accessories available to make it your own and make it work for you. Walker bags, cane and drink holders, travel bags - the selection is endless.
Shop Ease Living's entire selection of walkers, rollators and accessories here