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Can you sit and roll on a rollator?

In the simplest terms, a rollator is a mobility device designed to help those needed extra support when walking.  While most rollators have a seat and the word “roll” is in rollator, users should not “sit and roll” on a rollator.  Rollators are similar in structure to a walker; however, have wheels on the base that eliminates the need for lifting prior to stepping forward. Rollators may be designed with three or four wheels, which allows for a faster walking pace while offering the traditional stability of a walker and brakes to assist with slower or resting.

For resting, rollators typically have a seat as part of the device that allows its users the opportunity to have a seated rest should fatigue set in while traveling to their desired destination.  While our team has received questions related to the use of the seat, like “Can you sit and roll on a rollator?”, this is absolutely not the intended use of the seat.  The use of the seat on a rollator is only for sitting and resting and is not to assist for seated walking or being pushed while seated on the rollator.  A rollator is only to be used as intended and that is for support while walking.

Those choosing to use a rollator are typically able to walk but do need assistance with stability and balance from time to time, allowing for faster walking speed while helping with a normal gait.  Should the user of a rollator determine that they may no longer be able to adequately walk using a rollator, then a consultation with their preferred medical professional should occur.  A rollator should never be used where an individual is seated while another individual pushes, which may increase the treat of harm from misuse.  If walking is no longer an option, then a wheelchair or more of a motorized mobility aid may be required.  

As you may be aware, a rollator is a mobility device that helps those Are you or a loved one not feeling as stable on your feet as you once did? Is an ongoing medical condition requiring additional help walking safely? You are not alone. Whether aging-related or due to certain medical conditions, the need for mobility aids, such as a rollator, may be required to continue their independence and may offer extra support to minimize chances of falling.

The primary goal of a rollator is to support a user’s independence by providing mobility support for daily tasks like walking. Despite any walking difficulties or pre-existing illnesses, 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 that you address any mobility concerns with a medical professional prior to purchasing a mobility device. 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.