- How to Size Your Rollator
How to Size Your Rollator
How to Sixe your Rollator - General Guide Only. See your Health Porfessional for accurate sizing to suit you.
The Handles of the Rollator must be at wrist height to determine the best fit for you.
1. Wear your shoes to measure up the Rollator. You can measure up in one of two ways:-
a) With Assistance - Stand tall, comfortably, with your arms hanging loosely at your sides.
Assistant measures the distance from the floor to your wrist.
This is how high from the ground your Rollators handles should be.
b) Without Assistance - Stand tall, with a hand close to the handle.
When the handle is at the top of your hand/lower wrist, the handle is at the correct height.
2. Adjust the Seat Height of the Rollator by adjusting all four legs by pushing the buttons and moving the legs to the height that suits your requirments. Make sure the barkes are pushed down to secure the unit when testing the seat height.
If you want to sit to rest, the ideal height is when your kneecaps are at the same height as the seat.
It you want to 'perch' to rest for a short period, a higher seat would be more beneficial.
Try various height settings to find one that is comfortable to use.
3. Once you have the seat at a suitable height, adjust the handle height by unscrewing the star knob and making adjustments until the wrist heights
are comfortable, and the hand grips are level to each other. (or suited to the individual)
4. Ensure you are happy that the unit is at the correct height for you.
Stand tall and grip your walker, making sure it is easy to do and feels comfortable.
5. Check your brakes on a regular basis. Lock them and test walking. If the unit moves, the brakes will need adjusting.
Disclaimer: this is a general guide only. If you have any concerns or conditions that require specialised adjustments, consult your Health Professional for individual expert advice.
How To Use Your Rollator
There are five main activities that you need to perform, safely, when using your Rollator
These are: standing up, walking, turning, and sitting down.
The following are general guidelines and are not appropriate for everybody. You are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from a therapist for your unique situation.
1. Preparing to Stand Up:
1. Ensure the Rollator is in front of you, facing ahead of you.
2. Engage the brakes by pushing the brake handle down.
3. Move forward and sit as close to the edge of the chair as you feel comfortable.
4. Keep your feet as far under you as possible. Aim to place your toes directly below the edge of the chair.
5. Place both hands on the arms/seat of your chair OR one hand on the chair and one hand on the Rollator.
Do not tip the Rollator by placing too much weight on one side of the walker as you stand.
6. Lean forward until you feel some of your weight on your feet.
Use your legs to stand as much as possible – your arms should only lift what your legs cannot. Use your arms
mostly to help keep your balance as you stand.
7. Do not walk forward until you have tested your balance and you feel strong enough to walk.
8. Disengage the brakes by lifting the brake handles up.
2. Walking with a Rollator:
i. Place your Rollator ahead of you before you take any steps.
Gently roll the Rollator ahead of you as you walk, keeping it close enough to you that it is supportive.
ii. If your steps are uneven, its best to shorten your longer step rather than work to lengthen your shorter step.
The shorter step is usually the step where you have less balance.
To turn around, stay within the width of the Rollator, even if you are slightly behind.
Turn the Rollator around you without twisting your back – you should always be facing the front of the Rollator.
When standing in the kitchen or bathroom: use the counters for your support rather than the Rollator, but keep it within reach.
4. Preparing to Sit Down:
i. Stand directly in front of the chair, facing away from it.
The back of your legs should be just touching the chair. Do not start to sit until you are balanced and standing still.
Move the walker a little away from you so that you can bend slightly forward as you sit down.
ii. Engage the brakes, by pushing the brake handles down.
iii. Reach behind for the chair with both hands (preferred) or with one hand and one hand on the walker.
Do not tip the walker by placing too much weight one side as you sit.
iv. Slowly lower yourself using your legs as much as you can.
If you “plop” into the chair, try leaning a little more forward as you sit and bend your knees to lower yourself to the chair.
v. If you are on a slope, you can use the brakes by squeezing them slowly towards the hangrips to slow yourself down or to have better control of the unit.
Disclaimer: this is a general guide only. If you have any concerns or conditions that require specialised adjustments, consult your Health Professional for individual expert advice. The Manufacturer and Seller are not liable for any injury when using this Rollator.
Remember, take your time. Rushing increases the risk of falls and making mistakes, that may cause injury.