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Mobility aids are vital for senior citizens who face difficulty getting around and aim at achieving a certain degree of independence in their day-to-day lives. Adult walker and rollators are two popular mobility aids that can effectively help the elderly to gain self-esteem and freedom. Mobility aids are essential for people who have disabilities or injuries, or senior citizens who are at an increased risk of falling.
Walkers for senior citizens are made up of a metal framework with four legs that provide stability and support to the user. They provide additional support to maintain balance or stability while walking, most commonly due to age-related physical restrictions. A walker is a frame with handles and legs that needs to be lifted for movement, it is a simple light-weight device. A person with enough arm strength to pick up the walker and move it forward one step at a time can use a walker for the extra little help. Medical walkers for elderly are specially designed to make them feel more independent as they don’t have to rely on another person to help them get around and gives them the liberty to move out of their homes freely.
It is important to consult your doctor, or physiotherapist before buying a walker. A walker with wheels requires to be pushed forward to move whereas, a walker without wheels requires to be lifted and placed forward to move. A few steps can be followed while walking with your walker:
Rollators are walkers with wheels at the end of each leg. Basic walkers require more strength and endurance while a rollator allows enhanced mobility and stability. A rollator consists of a frame along with three or four large wheels, handlebars and built-in seat. It comes with wheels to enhance mobility and provide greater support, making it suitable for people who require balance and stability. Unlike a standard walker, a rollator does not have to be lifted for movement and therefore allows the user to walk faster and helps with the normal gait. Rollators are equipped with front swivel wheels to help the user with turning and handbrakes that allow them to stop when required. The seat and backrest enhance the support while the basket or pouch can be used to carry personal items.