All about walking aids

What is a rollator used for?

A rollator is more than just a walker. It is a paramedical device.

A rollator is a walking aid for people with balance problems. It provides support that makes it easier to stand or sit. It makes walking more secure.

Rollators can be used both indoors and outdoors. They have a rigid frame and four legs with wheels on the bottom.

Generally, rollators are easy to maneuver. They’re a good way for users to regain some independence in their daily lives by helping to increase autonomy and mobility.


Who needs a rollator?

Older people or people who have just had an operation can benefit from a rollator to regain lost mobility. Rollators can be a great option for people who want to remain independent and self-reliant while having the option of taking a break when walking. Used in this way, rollators reduce fatigue and make walking easier and more enjoyable.

  • When a cane is no longer sufficient to provide the balance needed for walking
  • After an accident or surgery that limits your ability to walk
  • During rehabilitation for walking
  • When you no longer feel safe while walking
  • When your motor skills become insufficient to get around unassisted

When to buy a rollator?

The different types of walking aids

To get the most out of your walking aid, it is important to choose the right one based on how you plan to use it. Walking aids come in different models that can be divided into four categories.


Classic walker

Classic walkers are basic devices designed to be lightweight and maneuverable. Their frame is usually made of aluminum. They have four legs with anti-slip feet.

Classic walkers are primarily designed to be used indoors or on smooth, mostly even surfaces. They should be light enough for you to lift as you walk.


Two-wheeled rollator

A two-wheeled rollator is more practical if you often walk outdoors or for longer distances. The two wheels in the front allow you to swivel without having to completely lift the rollator to move it.


Both rear legs have non-slip feet to help keep you nice and balanced in all circumstances. They also help to slow down or brake the rollator when you’re walking to prevent sudden movements that could lead to a fall.


Three-wheeled rollator

Three-wheeled rollators are for people with moderate loss of mobility. They have two wheels on the back and one on the front. They are highly maneuverable but require some skill to be used properly.

Three-wheeled rollators are more practical for flat surfaces, indoors and short trips outdoors. They can be equipped with accessories to make walking more enjoyable: a seat, cane holder, carrying bag, etc.


Four-wheeled rollator

Four-wheeled rollators are ideal for getting around outdoors on more uneven surfaces, including sidewalks, park and forest trails or other rugged surfaces.

These rollators have hand brakes on the handles. Simply squeeze the hand brakes to lock the wheels and stop the rollator. The wheels at the front can swivel to improve manoeuvrability.

Getting to know your walking aid


A walking aid should be easy to handle and use based on where you expect to use it most. Indoors, this means it shouldn’t be too bulky to fit through door frames, hallways or other tight spaces, such as elevators.


Weight is an important consideration when purchasing a walker or rollator. If the frame or accessories make it too heavy, it may not fulfill its purpose of letting you get around independently. Also note that some walking aids are designed to support more weight than others. Choosing the right one for the weight to be supported will make it last longer.


Some walking aids are foldable. This makes it easier to store them, whether at home, in a vehicle or elsewhere. Foldable walkers and rollators are more convenient and versatile, but users need to be able to open and close them on their own to use them independently.

Maintaining your walking aid

Maintaining a walker or rollator is fairly easy. Of course, you have to keep the frame in good condition and avoid damaging it by bumping into obstacles in front of you as you move around.

Over time, the non-slip feet may wear out and need to be replaced. They will also need to be cleaned regularly as they accumulate dirt and eventually lose their grip.

The moving parts on walking aids with wheels and brakes may need occasional maintenance, but major adjustments are rarely necessary. Walkers and rollators are generally designed to be durable and easy to use.

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