The rollator is usually only an aid for a certain period of time and is not intended as a permanent solution. It should serve as an aid in a transitional phase after operations or when muscle function is restricted. And only until the person concerned can move on their own without a rollator.
There are good reasons for this: The rollator changes posture when standing and walking. The upper body is usually bent over the walker, which almost automatically leads to poor posture and so puts too much strain on the spine: the cervical spine is hyperextended and a hollow back forms in the area of the lumbar spine. To combat this, users should:
adjust the height of the rollator correctly,
put your hands loosely on the handles,
stand as upright as possible and
go centrally between the rear wheels so that
the knees are close to the seat.
Adjusting the height
The posture should be as upright as possible.
Consciously let the shoulders loose in the joints.
The arms hang loosely at the sides.
Now the handles are adjusted to the level of the wrists.
The knees are bent at right angles
The feet are completely in contact with the ground.
Make Changes In your own apartment if Need be
It may be necessary to make some changes in your own apartment so that you can move around with the rollator without restrictions:
Even particularly narrow rollators are still approx. 57 cm wide and therefore do not fit through every door frame. So be sure to measure beforehand!
Small ramps can be used to compensate for thresholds. These can be purchased from specialist retailers.
Smooth floors should be replaced, carpet edges should be glued, thick carpets and other tripping hazards removed completely.
Special solutions have to be found for obstacles such as heavy house doors.
Rollator in the apartment: what you need to pay attention to
If it is not possible to rearrange furniture so that it is no longer in the way, you sometimes even have to part with furnishings in order to gain more freedom of movement.
Safety note : Are you just taking your first steps with a rollator? Please study the instructions for use carefully and take your time so that you become familiar with the functions of the device!
Safety starts with clothing. This also includes solid footwear with a non-slip sole. The shoe should enclose the entire ankle tightly without pressing. In addition, rollator users should always ensure good visibility. Clothing should be light and reflective. The walking aid must also be provided with reflectors.
Often you see people who literally push the rollator in front of them. That is not the point. The walking aid should simply “walk along”. When walking, the arms are never fully stretched, but always slightly bent in the elbows. In this way, you can brake faster in the event of danger.
The rollator should be loaded evenly when items such as shopping are being transported. Unloading is easier if you also put a (light) bag in the basket for your shopping.
If you take a seat on the rollator seat, even if it is only for a short time, for example to take a deep breath, you should always apply the brakes to prevent you from suddenly rolling away.
Outdoor rollators: what you need to pay attention to
Obstacles: Overcoming thresholds and curbs
The best way to overcome smaller hurdles is to go backwards. This applies in particular if purchases or other items are transported with the trolley. It is often not necessary to lift the rollator at all. If you approach bumps at an angle, you can move each wheel individually over the threshold. You should avoid high curbs. If they cannot be bypassed by a little detour, you can use a tipping aid.
It is advisable to always enter with a rollator where the entry aid for strollers is located. In this way you can avoid lifting the rollator. If necessary, train driving by bus and train with an accompanying person. Before leaving, you should secure the walker by folding it up and holding it while driving.
Otherwise, if the vehicle suddenly starts or brakes, it could start moving in an uncontrolled manner and put other people at risk. When traveling by train, please also note the information provided by the train on traveling with walking aids, because a service employee may be required if no accompanying person is traveling with you.
Please check the rollator regularly for safety. Test its most important functions, such as ability to overcome obstacles. Also watch out
the function of the brakes,
Wear and tear,
protruding cables and other tripping hazards,
the profile of the tires.
Oil screw connections and joints, have screws retightened if necessary and replace defective or worn parts (handles, brakes, etc.) in good time.
In the event of defects, contact the responsible medical supply store or the dealer. You can usually find the address and telephone number on a sticker on the rollator.
Oftentimes there is a warranty guarantee of several years. Any costs incurred for maintenance or repairs are usually covered if the rollator has been provided by an insurance company.
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