What is a rollator?With a rollator it is possible for people with restrictions to be able to move more freely and without further supports.
In 1978, the walker known today as a rollator was developed by the Swedish Aina Wifalk. She herself suffered from polio and the resulting disability. Because of the rollator she was able to move more freely and without any further supports.
The idea was taken up by a Swedish company and due to their practical use, rollators were soon patented and widely used. Initially, these walking aids were made of sturdy metal tube. They consist of four wheels at the lower end of the frame. Above the frame, the tubes end in two handles that provide adequate support. Other accessories have been developed, such as transport baskets, brakes, seats, cradles and forearm supports.
First, a basic model was created, which was universally applicable. In the further course of the production of rollators different models were developed, which made a specific use and earmarking possible.
Shapes, types & types
The basic model of the rollator is made of sturdy metal tubes, has a nearly square base with four wheels and two upwardly extending rods that open in two sturdy handles. From this basic version, different models were developed for different loads and usage zones.
For example, particularly light and narrow rollators are made of wood, which are particularly suitable for interiors. Furthermore, frame-reinforced structures with larger wheels and corresponding additional equipment and bags that are very suitable for off-road use.
Brakes were placed underneath the handles to prevent the rollator from slipping off. Also, the rollators were designed in the further development so that they are easy to fold and can also be transported in a car. In addition, particularly lightweight models made of aluminum tubing were launched, which can be lifted more easily and carried over obstacles.
As an alternative to the classic four-wheeled walker and the basic shape of a quadrangle, a triangular base form has been developed. These so - called delta miter wheels with only three wheels have the advantage of being more mobile. A disadvantage is the lower stability compared to the four-wheeled rollator.
Structure & functionality
A rollator follows the structure of the principle of a shopping cart. Only the rolling walker is much more stable and resilient. The quadrangular framework is supported on four wheels, which are the same size according to the use or have two larger wheels in the stand area.
The wheels are sturdy rubber wheels, as they can be found on trolleys. If it is all-terrain models, the wheels of the rollator are also reinforced with nubs. Newer models have larger wheels to make getting around even easier.
The rear frame ends up in two handles that are height adjustable. Underneath the handles are two brakes connected to the rear wheels. This prevents the rollator from rolling away during use.
Often, the two tubes that lead to the handles, still provided with a compound that is widened in the middle to about 20 cm. This surface can be used as a seat. Especially elderly people with walking difficulties are quickly exhausted when they are traveling with the walker for some time. Since the seat on the rollator is a good way to rest a little. When using the seat, however, care must be taken to apply the brakes so that the rollator can not roll away.
For the locomotion, the human relies on the two handles of the rollator and can thus move forward more easily. The handles also serve as a controller.
A walker is much more effective than a walking stick, as both arms are supported and the rolling of the wheels facilitates locomotion. If the handicapped person additionally requires a walking stick, there are corresponding holding devices for the rollator into which the walking stick can be inserted or clamped.
Often people do their complete daily projects with their rollators. Therefore, it is very convenient if the rollator is equipped in front of the handles with a transport basket. In this basket, the handbag or even the purchases of the day can be transported.
Since many users of rollators have an unsteady state, it is very relieved that the rolling walker does not need to be raised. However, stairs can only be mastered to a limited extent. The rollator is more suitable for flat surfaces. Road edges, however, can be handled well.
As a further accessory, a practical tray or cup holder can be attached.
Medical and health benefits
A walker has significant medical benefits for the user as it significantly increases the mobility and mobility of a walking impaired person. Many people would not be able to continue their daily activities without their rollators and would thus lose a far-reaching quality of life.
The rolling walkers allow the weak, elderly and handicapped people to move around with appropriate security in the outdoor area. By this means of transportation, the independence of the people remains largely preserved. The rollator is an instrument to be able to move relatively freely, regardless of external help. So the user can still actively participate in public life.