Rolling Walker: There are many advantages that can provide the freedom to keep you mobile. And with stylish colors and designs available, you can feel good shopping at the mall or stroll outdoors. If this is your first purchase of a walker, start by looking at brand models such as the Guardian Envoy 460 or the Nova Cruiser GetGo. These two walkers are reasonably priced and include many smart features. Read on for more information and comparisons of standard walkers versus rollators.
Who should consider a walker with wheels?
If you’re steady on your feet and still able to get around but have some trouble with balance then the answer is you. Since many people have just one mobility walker: standard or rolling, consider whether or not the rollator will benefit your lifestyle.
These mobility aids are work best for:
- Flat surfaces
- Living facilities
Performing daily activities such as shopping
In addition, the state of the art features and a handsome design make the wheeled walker a stylish piece of equipment. Typical features include 4 wheels and hand brakes. Deluxe features include padded seats and baskets. Top manufacturers such as Invacare, Nova, and Guardian, typically allow you to customize your walker, adding the accessories that you desire. Besides the accessories listed above you may also want to add on such extras as a: tray, cup holder, tote bag, travel bag or hanging walker bag.
For individual selection, there are also walkers designed with 3 wheels such as Nova’s Traveler Rolling Walker. This mobility aid can be used on any terrain, is lightweight (only 12 pounds), and is very easy to maneuver (It is recommended for those not requiring the extra stability of a 4 wheeled rolling walker.)
Another choice, the Nova Cruiser II, is designed for first-time walker users. Instead of 4 wheels, it has two 5″ front wheels and rubber tip rear legs. This feature helps prevent the walker from rolling away as well as providing more stability.
For heavyweight models that can handle 375 pounds and 600 pounds respectively, take a look at the Guardian Envoy 480 and the Nova Mighty Mac. The Mighty Mac features a 20″ wide seat and is good for people between 5’5″ to 6’1″.
For great value and quality, the Guardian Envoy 460 is worth considering. With a 275-pound weight capacity and users height range from 5’5″ to 6’1″, this is a sturdy yet lightweight aluminum framed walker on wheels. What’s nice about this piece of equipment is that it includes the padded seat and under seat basket for the price: often you pay more for these features. You can also choose your color – blue, green or red.
Another popular lightweight choice is the Nova Cruiser GetGo. This walking aid weighs only 12 pounds and is suitable for users from 5’4″ to 6’1″. What’s nice about this walker is that it has a gentle “feather touch” braking system. It is also easy to lift and perfect for strolling outdoors.
Rolling walker versus standard walker
There are many factors to consider when deciding on which style of walker to buy. What will Medicare pay for? What’s the lowest price? What features are necessary?
But essentially the needs and mobility level of the user is the first place to start. We’ve discussed rolling walkers but there are also good choices in standard walkers. Brands such as Invacare, Guardian, TFI Health Care and Carex are all popular manufacturers.
A typical standard walker features 4 legs with rubber feet. These mobility aids are generally lighter weight and about 6 pounds on average. They also tend to cost less. And, many standard walkers fold easily, with some models folding flat for compact storage.
To accessorize, baskets can be added. You can also add 2 wheels to increase maneuverability and allow the walker to glide easily over rough terrain. Another item, the Walker Ball Tennis Ball Glide, provides effortless, scuff-free movement across the floor. These balls are designed to fit most standard walkers.
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