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What Is the Difference Between a Rollator and a Walker?

by | Mar 16, 2022 | Featured

Mobility equipment has come a long way in a relatively short time. Where once, there were limited options available to people with mobility issues, there are now countless options designed for every specific need.

However, just having more mobility options doesn’t always make choosing the right one easier, and many people find that they still struggle to source the right kind of equipment. One such case is when choosing between rollators and walkers. They do similar things, but they’re suited to different situations.

Here’s a little more information about what rollators and walkers are, and which situation they might each be better suited to.

What Is a Rollator?

As the name suggests, rollators are a frame with legs that have wheels attached, which allows them to roll. Instead of lifting them to move them forward, the user can simply push them along. This makes them ideally suited to people who are relatively stable on their feet but need a little extra support when they are walking.

Because rollators are easy to maneuver, they are often used by older people who might lack the strength to lift a walker but are still stable enough on their feet to walk comfortably with assistance.

Many rollators also have a built-in seat, so a caregiver can take over the pushing when necessary. They also have hand brakes, similar to a bicycle, so you can keep them in one place when you need to.

What Is a Walker?

Walkers look very similar to rollators, except that they don’t have wheels at the end of each leg.

To move a walker, the user needs to lift it, move it forward, and set it down again. This does take a little more strength than pushing a rollator, but walkers also can’t roll away once they are in position. Walkers are often ideal for people who have lower limb mobility issues but are still relatively fit and healthy.

Many walkers also have a built-in seat, so that users can take a break when necessary. They are often used as a more stable alternative to a walking stick or cane. They’re very stable but might not be as easy to use in some cases.

Which One Do You Need?

Choosing between walkers and rollators can be difficult – particularly if you’re not entirely sure of the user’s capabilities. Walkers require some lifting strength, while rollators need users that have the hand strength to use the brakes.

Leading Edge Mobility works with clients who have questions like these every day. Our team is trained to assess the mobility needs of the people we work with so that we can match them with the right kind of equipment for their specific situations.

So, if you’re still not sure if you need to look at rollators or walkers (or maybe something else entirely) why not get in touch? We’re always happy to answer questions, make suggestions and provide product and general information.

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