Choosing the Best
Mobility devices can help you overcome one of your biggest challenges&mdashgetting around more easily. Using a walker or a rollator can enhance your independence and provide support to ease back pain or other back issues. A walker features a fixed base&mdashtypically a rubber tip&mdashat the end two or all of its four legs glides can make movement easier and reduce the amount of picking up and moving the walker forward. A rollator has wheels at the end of all four legs these may be large and sturdy enough to wheel indoors on carpets and uneven surfaces and outdoors on pavement and even grass.
Some features are the same for both rollators and walkers but because movement is faster with a rollator these devices often have additional features related to braking.
Top bariatric walker and rollator features:
- 1" aluminum tube construction that offers strength plus maneuverability
- Weight capacity that meets your bodyweight
- Adjustable handles or legs to accommodate your height often in 1&rdquo increments
- Contoured and/or textured handgrips for comfort
- Folding design if you travel a lot by car and want to take it with you
The additional features can enhance the safety and comfort of a bariatric rollator:
- Under-seat basket for carrying personal items
- Ergonomic hand grips with easy-to-use locking loop brakes that you pull up to stop and push down to lock
- A wider padded cushion seat&mdashfrom 17 to 20 inches or more&mdashfor increased seating surface and added comfort when you want to take a rest
- Durable heavy-duty 8" wheels for indoor and outdoor use
A streamlined profile will help you more easily maneuver around your home. The Go-Lite Bariatric Rollator Walker by Drive features a deep wide frame yet with a reduced overall width designed to fit easily through standard household doorways.
If dexterity is a challenge look for an easy-to-fold walker like Medline&rsquos Deluxe Bariatric Walker with its two-button folding design&mdasheasy-to-use push-button mechanisms that can be operated by the fingers a palm or side of a hand. Each side of this lightweight walker operates independently to make opening or closing it a breeze.