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How to Choose from the Different Types of Medical Rollators


Drive Medical – the leading global distributor of durable medical equipment – offers three different styles of medical rollators: the 3-wheel, the 4-wheel and the bariatric style.

Rollators are walking frames with wheels. The three styles of medical rollators come with big wheels. Because of these large wheels, medical rollators roll easily on smooth and even rough surfaces. These different designs of medical rollators can also be supplied with a carry bag or basket, IV poles or oxygen tank holders and a cup holder for water or coffee bottle.

Although the three forms of medical rollators have the above-mentioned similarities, they differ in some aspects because of their usage. Due to these varying uses, the three consequently have different features.

  • 3-Wheel Style
    The 3-wheel design has narrow width. This mobility aid can easily be maneuvered in tight spaces. The 3-wheel medical rollators, however, have no built-in seat. Due to the absence of the seat feature, the 3-wheel medical rollators are appropriate for senior citizens or mobility-challenged individuals who have a relatively good stamina.
  • 4-Wheel Style
    The 4-wheel medical rollators are suited for those who need balance support as these assistive devices provide the highest stability. The 4-wheel design has a built-in seat. Those who have difficulty standing for long periods particularly benefit from the 4-wheel medical rollators.
  • Bariatric Style
    The bariatric medical rollators are ideal for obese or overweight individuals who need stability when they walk. The extra-large wheels of the bariatric medical rollators provide added stability to users. The oversized seat of the bariatric design is convenient for overweight users who easily get tired.

In general, medical rollators are used by those who need assistance in maintaining their mobility. Typically, users of these mobility solutions are senior citizens and mobility-challenged individuals.

Compared to a cane, the medical rollators provide more stability. In comparison with a standard walker (those without wheels), the medical rollators provide more mobility and convenience.While users of the medical rollators require assistance in maintaining their mobility, their mobility problem is not that severe to warrant the use of a wheelchair.

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