Practical aids ensure mobility

From the rollator to the walking stick to the zimmer frame - There are countless aids for people who have either permanent or temporary impaired mobility. Their common goal is, to allow the concerned person to be independently mobile. Not every aid however is suitable for every person.

Mobile aids in the form of rollators are often seen in day to day life on the streets or in the shopping centres. They serve people with disabilities as well as older people with failing physical strength, as a secure and solid support when getting up and walking and allow them a secure form of mobility. Rollators are very versatile and can be used for a wide variety of purposes. One can if necessary take a rest by sitting on the little seat or one can also carry things around on the tray. Walking frames are built robustly, have large wheels and can be individually adjusted and folded together.

Manageable three wheelers

Delta-walking bikes or Three-wheel walkers for indoor and outdoor use, are because of their construction somewhat less stable, they are however more manageable. Wheeled walkers have basically the same function as rollators and three wheel walkers, but are more suited to indoor use. Unlike rollators, wheeled walkers are usually fitted with small wheels, as opposed to large ones. Wheeled walkers can also, depending on use be fitted out with special orthopaedic arm supports. 

Steel, aluminium or timber

Rollators and wheeled walking frames are sturdy and usually built from steel or aluminium pipes. Wooden models for indoor use are also available. The various models can also be differentiated by their basket, tray or bench. All new models have ergonomically formed hand grips, easily adjustable in height, safety brakes and can normally be folded together.

The walking frame without wheels

Zimmer frames are simply, walking frames without wheels. The four legged support frame is slightly lifted with every step and placed a step forward. Zimmer frames are mostly foldable and therefore need little storage space. The height of the frame can be adjusted to suit the height of the user.

Walking sticks and crutches

In the area of walking aids there are an equally large number of crutches and walking sticks available. From the telescopic or folding walking stick, the walking stick with umbrella attachment, to the walker on which one can sit, there are many very helpful aids available on the market nowadays. When the user needs a more secure hold then he will be well served with a four legged walking aid.

The type of walking aid chosen depends inevitably on the type and degree of the mobility impairment. All models provide the concerned person a certain amount of mobility and therefore help to satisfy a natural requirement of every human being.

Author: Patrick Gunti. Translation: PmcC