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A walker is a walking aid on wheels that allows people to move themselves without needing help. A walker is easiest to describe as a walking frame with three or four wheels.
There are several reasons why people choose a walker. A walker can be used temporarily after, for example:
Sometimes people have to rely on a walker for a long time. These are mainly people who, because of their age, are slowly getting worse, but do not want to give up their freedom yet. As many as one gets on the five Dutch after his 65 th difficulty walking *. A walker can be a solution for this group, by using a walker these people retain their independence until later in life.
There are many different types of rollators on the market, from simple tube frames to true award-winning design rollators. In order to choose the right rollator for you, it is important to take into account the following:
3-wheeled walkers - 3-wheeled walkers are ideal for use in confined spaces, are lightweight and very manoeuvrable. The disadvantage is that a 3-wheeled walker is less stable than a 4-wheeled walker.
4-wheeled walkers - 4-wheeled walkers are much more stable than a 3-wheeled walker. In addition, they are better suited for outdoor use and driving over small obstacles.
Wheels - Rollators can be fitted with large and small wheels. Large wheels are suitable for driving over uneven terrain, small wheels are more suitable for indoor use.
Tires - Tires can be filled with air or solid. Solid tires are only suitable for indoor use. The advantage of solid tires is, of course, that they cannot puncture. Tires filled with air are more comfortable and suitable for outdoor use, the disadvantage is that they can puncture.
A walker can be used correctly if it is set correctly. With an incorrectly adjusted walker you run the risk of walking with your shoulders raised, which can result in pain in the neck and shoulders. Fortunately, setting a rollator correctly is very simple:
If you still have questions or doubts about the right walker for you, please contact ProBrace. This can be done by telephone, email, chat or during office hours. An experienced advisor is available to answer your questions.
* Source: De Volkskrant, 30-11-2010