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I’m Ready to Buy a Rollator, now what?

So, you know you need some additional support to maneuver in your home and possibly outside as well. You know you have the hand strength to control the brakes, and now it’s just a matter of figuring out which one is right for you!

Choosing a rollator can get overwhelming pretty fast, so we’ll break down the key questions you need to consider when choosing a rollator for your mobility aid.

1. Do you need more or less stability?
You’ll see three and four-wheel rollators available here on SkyBlue.com and you may wonder about the pros and cons. Three-wheel rollators can be better in small spaces, but the critical question is if you are stable enough for three wheels – or if you need all four. This could be due to all kinds of health-related conditions so just consider how safe you’ll feel.

2. How much do you weigh?
Rollators are design for specific weight capacities. Most standard rollators can accommodate anyone up to 300lbs while bariatric rollators are designed for 300 lbs. and up. Now, even if you are under 300lbs, a bariatric rollator may be a great thing to consider, just based on width. If you need a larger seat for comfort, then you should definitely investigate both options.

3. How wide are your doors?
A lot of people don’t think about this one, but it can be a major issue for folks. If you have narrow doorways (more frequent in older homes) then it may limit your choices for rollators. You want to fit comfortably through the doorway with your hands on the handles of the rollator. No one wants scraped knuckles! Make sure you measure the doorways you’ll be using so you don’t end up getting stuck.

4. Are you using the rollator indoors or outdoors or both?
This all related to the wheel size. Indoor rollators can have small wheels and you won’t lose any functionality, but they aren’t great once you get outside. If you want to use your rollator outside, you’ll want larger wheels that can handle more varied terrain. If you want a rollator that can handle both, then go with the larger wheels - it won't let you down.

5. Do you need to take your rollator with you?
If you need your rollator to come with you to the grocery store, to parties or to any appointments, you need to consider two important things. Does it fold up? And how much does it weigh? We have had a couple of customers order a standard rollator (steel) that ended up being too heavy for them to lift into the car. Sometimes the additional investment in a lightweight rollator can make the difference between getting out and about or not. Your rollator also needs to fold up and fit in your trunk – so make sure it folds and that the mechanism is pretty easy. No one wants to fuss with folding a rollator when they’re ready to get out of the house!

6. Do you need a seat?
One of the best things about a rollator is that you can always have a seat if you need a break from walking or standing. If you need that seat, though, make sure it has one and that the rollator can easily accommodate your hips. The goal of the rollator is always to make your life easier – so make sure it does.

7. Check for storage options!
Lots of rollators come with a storage basket or bag beneath the seat. This is great for bringing your bag, medications, books, phones etc. So, if you need something like this, then definitely look for it – or add one a rollator bag as an accessory.

SkyBlue Tip: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! Before you purchase any mobility aid, make sure your home is ready and safe for you to get around. This means removing loose area rugs or mats, making sure your shoes are stable and ideally have a rubber sole for traction. Make sure you have slip free mats in your bathtub or shower. With or without a cane, if you are having any issues with free movement and stability when walking at home – take care of these first!
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