Rollator or Tri-Walker: which is better for user’s mobility?
With so many options for those who require mobility assistance available, it can be difficult to know which is the best one to choose. Each mobility user has different needs, routines, and requirements for their day, making finding the right walker that will work for their specific needs a tough job.
Mobility aid retailer Manage at Home have compared and discussed two of their most popular walkers to help identify which device will best serve a user’s needs.
The Rollator is a wide four-wheeled frame with a basket and brakes, whereas the Tri-Walker is a narrower three wheeled mobility frame and have been compared taking into account considerations such as their weight, support, ease of use and additional functions.
For those with limited mobility, a simple trip to the shops can be a much bigger challenge than anticipated. It is important users feel supported and have the peace of mind that the walker can get them there and back without complications.
Whilst the Triwalker does have its merits during shopping trips, with thinner frames for those difficult aisle turns and easy manoeuvrability, the Rollator is designed to be sturdy even during the longest trips. Shock absorbent wheels are ideal for getting down uneven high street roads and most frames have a pre-installed basket for carrying heavy items – some even come with a seat for restful stops between stores.
For shopping: Rollator
Travelling on Public Transport
Whether planning a day out, visiting friends or simply heading to an appointment, public transport is a necessary part of life for individuals with limited mobility. It is, therefore, important that whatever walker chosen can work with that and be more help than a hindrance.
For short distances, the Rollator’s durable frame can provide support on journeys that could prove bumpy, such as on a bus, and its reliable braking system can help keep users grounded on awkward journeys. If however, the user is heading out on a long-distance journey, such as on a coach or a train, the Tri-Walker is the more appropriate option. The benefit of its triangular frame means it can be easily folded away and neatly stored until the journey’s end, without taking up space and making the transition from travelling to walking easier.
For travelling: Tri-Walker
Walking the Dog
For those refusing to let limited mobility stand in the way of their favourite stroll, then they’ll need a walker that supports rambling needs. Luckily, both are fully equipped for those longer stretches, so users need never miss out on an afternoon jaunt.
The Rollator has strong handles, a wide frame and comfortable grip for those who need more upper body strength to keep walking, whereas the Tri-Walker has a nimble frame and optional basket hooks for lighter, uphill treks.
For long walks: Both!
Ultimately, only the end user knows what goes into their day and what they want their walker to help them achieve. So, whether a stroller, shopper or seasoned traveller, taking a Tri-Walker or a Rollator home can help to support, balance and improve mobility when out and about.
To find out more about the Manage at Home range, visit the website HERE