When looking for a mobility device in the Dallas Fort Worth area, there are several styles to choose from. This blog post will explain the differences between walkers, rollators and knee walkers so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
A walker is a device with four legs that provides stability for the user. Many models have four rubber-tipped legs that require the user to lift the entire device with each step. Other have two small wheels that allow the user to lift only half of it. Walkers provide excellent stability for people who need it.
There are many advantages to walkers. Besides being the most stable of these devices, they are generally smaller and lighter than wheeled walkers. Some can fold completely flat, which is convenient for storage or trips in the car. The walkers that are configured to fit around a toilet can also eliminate the need for a grab bar.
There are some drawbacks to this type of device. Although it is very stable, walking can be slow. They also do not usually include a seat for resting on, which can be a convenience for many and a necessity for some. They are also not very useful on uneven terrain.
Rollators, sometimes called rolling walkers, are simply walkers with wheels attached to all of the legs (most have four, although some have only three). They include hand brakes the user can employ to keep the device from going faster than is comfortable. Since they almost always include a seat, the brakes can also be locked in place to keep the rollator from moving when it is being used to sit. Some models can even be used safely as a transport chair so a caregiver can push the user, which is convenient for longer outings.
Rollators are great for individuals whose mobility is limited but are not too unstable. The wheels allow for much easier walking, and the larger wheels can make it feel more stable outdoors. The convenient seat is also a welcome place for a rest. Many also feature useful baskets under the seat for the storage of purses, bags or light shopping. However, they are sometimes cumbersome to transport; although most fold up, they will take a significant amount of space in the back of a car.
Knee walkers are also known as knee scooters, since they resemble children’s scooters. They are intended for individuals with foot, ankle or leg injuries below the knee who would typically use crutches. The knee walker can have two to four wheels and includes a steering mechanism and handbrakes. There is a horizontal bed on which the user rests their injured leg, so they walk with one leg while the other rolls along.
Knee walkers present many advantages over crutches. Many patients find them easier to maneuver and more comfortable to use. Since they leave the arms free, it is easier to perform everyday tasks while using it, and they may be safer since the wheels won’t snag like crutches could. However, they are larger and heavier than crutches, which can be an inconvenience when transporting them.
Walkers are generally considered to be the best choice for people with severe mobility problems, or who are very unstable. People who are more able to get around will want to consider rollators, while those with an injury to a foot or ankle would be well-suited to a knee walker. If you are uncertain about what is best for you or your loved one, consult with your health care professional to find the best choice. Mobility Healthcare is located in Lewisville, TX and serves customers all over the entire Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Our staff is professionally trained to help you to chose the appropriate mobility device for your unique needs. Contact us today or stop by and visit our showroom in Lewisville.