Your rollator is designed to help you conquer any mobility issues you may face. But not knowing how to operate your rollator can lead to potential injuries. Here are some tips you should be aware of that will help ensure the safe use of your rollator.
Remove Tripping Hazards
Tripping can easily be avoided with some simple preventative steps. First, remove any hazards that could cause you to lose your footing, such as clutter on the floors or loose rugs. Also, monitor your clothing for any loose or hanging material. This can lead to a tripping hazard if it becomes entangled with the walker. Stick to comfortable, fitted clothing and avoid wearing any items that could get stuck underneath the legs of the walker.
Check Your Rollator Before Using
Before you use your walker, always check it over first. If it folds up for storage, make sure that it’s in the lock position before you start to use it. If it comes with a tray or accessories, make sure these are tightly fastened to the rollator. Also, don’t forget to inspect all the grips and tips of the walker and to have any replaced that are worn or not properly secured. The most important element of your Rollator is the brakes, which you must check regularly. We can always adjust these for you to ensure they are holding properly.
Do Not Use The Rollator To Stand Up
If in the seated position, never use the weight of the rollator to pull yourself up. Always use the chair or table to lift yourself to a standing position first so that the walker won’t unexpectedly move, causing you to fall over. Once you are standing up, bring the rollator closer until you are standing inside, and only when your feet are balanced should you start to walk.
Use Armrests For Sitting Down
If you’re trying to transfer from the walker to a chair, you should never try to sit down directly in the center of the chair. First, bring yourself close to the chair so that your back is up against one of the armrests. Use one of your hands to reach for the armrest and slowly transfer your weight as you use your other hand to grab ahold of the other armrest. Once you have both hands secured on the armrests, slowly start to bend your knees and slide into the chair.
Use Your Strong Foot First
When you wish to move the walker, lift and push it ahead of you only a footstep further. Only once the legs are secured to the ground, start by placing your strong foot forward and then move your other foot forward. Ensure that the rollator is firmly placed on the ground before lifting it up and taking the next series of steps. Just remember that you should never put the walker too far ahead of you - the smaller steps you take, the more balanced you will be
Never store your rollator outdoors, as many issues and damages can be caused.
Do not push someone/be pushed in a rollator, as it does not function like a wheelchair. This may cause the rollator to tip.
In Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care ADP program funds 75% of walkers if one is eligible. We can help clients through the application process. Insurance companies often will fund the 25% balance. If rollator is not safe, you may be eligible for a replacement (one every five years). Conditions apply.
Your rollator is designed to make your life a lot easier, and with the proper use, you can get years of enjoyment out of it. If you need a new rollator, new parts, or other mobility devices, MEDability carries a variety of inventory that you can order from home to assist in making your life easier.