For individuals that need a little extra support to get around but want to retain their independence, a seat walker might be what you need.
As an assistive walking device, seat walkers are designed to facilitate extra stability and encourage mobility.
From an easy help to navigate around to a quality assistive device for ambulatory support, Doability offers a wide selection of seat walkers depending on the specific needs of the user.
Types of Medical Walkers
Medical walkers are usually made from aluminum, a strong but very light metal. They are available in numerous styles and sizes, but the most common types are the following:
- Wheeled Walkers / Rollators
A common type of walker consists of a frame with either three or four wheels, handlebars, and a seat so the user can rest as needed. Rollators also include hand breaks as a safety feature.
Here are the most common types of rollators:
- Three-Wheeled – have two wheels at the back and one at the front. Very useful for indoor use and is highly maneuverable. However, this type of rollator is less stable when compared to a four-wheeler.
- Four-Wheeled – It is the most common type with plenty of stability and is easy to push.
- Bariatric Rollator – Suitable for big people. They are also built strong and can support heavy-weight patients or users. Also, they have larger wheels to provide more stability.
- Lightweight / Indoor Rollator – Designed for indoor use. Very light and usually doesn’t have a seat.
- Rollator and Wheelchair Combo – The most versatile type and a practical option. It functions as a walker and a wheelchair. The wheels have a much longer base and footrests so someone can sit on them and be pushed.
- Knee Walkers
Knee walkers are similar to a rollator. This device allows user to rest their knee on a padded cushion while propelling themselves forward with their strong legs.
- Standard Walker
This type of walker has four nonskid, rubber-tipped legs to provide stability, and you must pick it up to move.
How to Select the Right Seat Walker
When looking for a walker, you need to consider some factors such as:
- How often will it be used?
- How will it be stored?
- Weight requirements
- Wheel diameter for different terrain
- How will it look when you are walking with it?
In addition, there are some specific considerations when looking for seat walkers.
- The height of the seat in relation to the individual’s height.
- The width of the seat and if the surface can comfortably accommodate the user once seated.
- The depth of the seat and both the support and comfort provided when the individual is sitting upright with the correct positioning.
The personal need of the user should also be taken into account when choosing the right walker.
Seek professional advice to help you decide whether you need a walking frame or a rollator before buying anything.
We hope this article gives you an overview of the different types of walkers and how to select the right device for you or your loved ones with limited balance and who need something to support.
It is best to talk to your doctor or physical therapist about what’s best for your medical condition and the appropriate use of the device.