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What is the difference between a walker, a rolling walker, and a rollator?

Many face mobility challenges due to certain medical conditions or aging.  These challenges do not mean that one must surrender their life and no longer participate in their daily routines and activities.  But this might mean that additional support may be required from the use of a mobility solution that fits their specific situation. Whether mobility challenges are temporary, as the result of recovering from an injury, or a long-term, options exist based upon the specific conditions surrounding one’s mobility challenges.  A few options being presented today offer an overview of the differences between a walker, a rolling walker, and a rollator.  While all 3 items support and promote movement, these items support differing types of users based upon their needs and ability to move about daily.  


A walker is 4-post mobility aid that helps individuals that may experience balance issues while walking.  Traditional construction includes an aluminum frame for light weight mobility, two-button locks that allow folding and storage, and rubber bottom caps for each post.  The walker can be adjusted for height to promote comfort while using.  This model requires a user to pick up and place the walker ahead of their steps, and then follow up with a couple of steps while using the walker for support.  This process is repeated until the users reaches their destination, which is typically a very short distance, like moving from room to room within a residence.


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A rolling walker (also known as a 2-wheeled walker) with 4 posts may also be equipped with 2 wheels on the front post.  The 2-wheeled walker allows the user to push this mobility aid versus lifting and placing.  The rear posts may keep the rubber bottom caps or may be outfitted with hard plastic slides to assist in smoothening the use of this mobility device.


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A rollator, like the TOPRO 5G and Olympos, offer mobility support to users that may have strong balance and the ability to move about but may need to rest periodically.  Standard with a seat, rollators allow its users to travel longer distances with the option to pause on your journey for a seated rest.  Rollators are typically situated with a dual braking system: one for slowing down and one for parking (typically for seated resting).

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With an industry leading 7-year warranty, modern stylish design, and durability you can rely upon, TOPRO rollators accommodates your desired mobility needs. Whether it is primarily for indoor use, mixed use or outdoor terrain, our rollators are designed with you in mind and strive to keep you living an active, independent lifestyle.

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Whether out-of-pocket pay or submission for coverage with an insurance plan, the primary goal of obtaining a mobility device such as a walker or rollator is to support a user’s independence by providing mobility support for daily tasks. It is important to keep the body moving for optimal health, and the daily ability to walk around promotes good health and posture.

It is important to address any mobility concerns with a medical professional. The above information is intended to offer support and resource information but does not replace the direction of a medical professional, healthcare provider, therapist, nurse, aide, or any professional training.