Fitting a bariatric rollator according to the user’s physical needs and body type is essential.
An incorrectly fitted bariatric rollator can be difficult to use. A poorly fitted assistive device can also cause back, shoulder, hand or wrist pain. An ill-fitted device can also increase the risk of injury from a potential fall.
The bariatric rollator is ideal for overweight and obese individuals as this assistive device provides a wider base of support. It also provides stability, reducing the risk for falls.
Heavier devices such as the bariatric rollator are generally sturdier and have a higher weight bearing capacity. An overweight or obese individual should be fitted with this type of assistive device.
This assistive technology can only be used if you meet the following criteria:
-You can walk by yourself.
-You feel you need additional support for balance on both sides of your body.
-You have good hand and arm function to move with the device.
The following tips will help you properly fit your bariatric rollator:
- Length of the bariatric rollator
As recommended by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), these steps should be followed to achieve the correct length of a rollator:
-Wear your normal shoes.
-Hang your arm loosely at your side.
-Ask assistance to measure the distance from the floor to your wrist.
-Adjust the length according to the measurement.
-If you notice a 20-degree to 30-degree bend in your elbow once you hold the handles, then you have achieved the correct length.
- Seat height
The seat is of the correct height when your feet rest flatly on the floor with your legs bent at the hip and knee, thereby achieving a perched position.
To check the correct width of the device, stand between the handles. Also, sit on the chair of the rollator to test the width. Find a wider model if you do not fit between the handles and you cannot sit on the chair.
The bariatric rollator with 7.5″ wheels, for instance, can support a 500-pound individual. The width between the handles is also extra-wide to accommodate overweight and obese users.