Walker: Three or four wheels?

1 March 2023


March 2023 – A seat walker, also known as a rollator, is a type of assistive device that combines the features of a walker and a chair. It typically consists of a frame with four wheels, a handlebar, and a seat. The user can walk with the device for support, and when they need to rest, they can sit down on the built-in seat.

Seat walkers are commonly used by individuals with mobility impairments or balance issues who need additional support while walking. They can provide a sense of stability and security while walking, and the seat can be particularly helpful for individuals who tire easily or need to take breaks during activities such as shopping or gardening.

There are three-wheeled walkers, typically two at the back and one at the front but without a seat. They are lighter and more manoeuvrable than traditional walkers. They take up less space and are easier to store. However, it’s important to note that three-wheeled walkers may not be as stable as four-wheeled walkers, especially on uneven surfaces. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional or an assistive technology specialist, before using a three-wheeled walker to ensure that it is the best option for your needs.

Rollators and three-wheeled walkers come in various sizes, styles, colours and with accessories such as baskets, cane holders and trays. They can be an effective solution for individuals who need help with mobility. Explore the huge range of walkers at www.comfortdiscovered.com or their spacious showroom in Hornsby before you get one.

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