Handicap Walker With Seat / Walker With Seat for Disabled
Senior citizens often experience mobility challenges that require the assistance of a seated walker. Indeed, standard walkers may not have any seating when a person needs to rest. There is a large difference between handicap walkers and rollators, and most users can benefit from rolling versions. AvaCare Medical has some of the best models made by the leading manufacturers in the country! Read more...
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Why a Handicap Walker with a Seat is Popular
Handicap walkers with wheels are extremely popular because of their superior maneuverability. Many handicap walkers are specially designed to cater to handicapped individuals. They provide a wide variety of benefits in terms of the user’s convenience, efficiency, and safety. If a senior or handicapped person can benefit from a standard medical walker, then they probably are able to use a rollator just the same.
Independence is very important to many people, especially those with disabilities. For this reason, many with limited mobility prefer a walker with a seat, which allows them to regain some of their independence since it enables them to walk by themselves without assistance. Should a user need to have transport chair capabilities, there are even hybrid disability rollators specifically designed for that, which you can easily browse through on AvaCare Medical.
Finding the Right Handicap Walker with a Seat
If a person goes to any store that sells medical equipment, the abundance of options might prove overwhelming. There are a lot of options when it comes to buying disability walkers with a seat – what’s important, though, is ensuring that a person gets the type that they actually need. Therefore, there are many things that a person needs to consider to ensure that they choose the best handicap rolling walker possible:
#1: Weight Capacity
When a person is trying to find the right handicap walker, the weight capacity is one of the most important factors to keep in mind. The proper capacity depends on how much weight the user needs to place on the walker and whether they’re going to need to sit down frequently on it. Therefore, we recommend that a user always chooses the weight capacity that suits their needs, or the next size higher if they are close to the weight capacity limit. Handicap walkers can have a weight capacity of anywhere from 250 lbs. all the way up to 600 lbs. for bariatric models. The items they may carry in their baskets or carrying compartments can add to the weight of the user as well.
#2: How Many Wheels the Rollator Has
Many people don’t even realize that there are 3-wheel handicapped walkers on the market, but some people may be able to greatly benefit from them. If they have to use a walker but are able to balance themselves well, then a 3-wheel rollator may be the best choice – especially if they have to frequently navigate around sharp corners or tight spaces and need a lightweight rollator. Although they may not be as popular, AvaCare Medical has a few of the best 3-wheel handicapped walkers on the market.
Most rollators that are popular among users are 4-wheel handicap walkers. These models are usually what comes to mind when a person thinks of a rollator or walker with wheels. There are more options to choose from, but as long as a person follows all of the information concerning how to properly choose the right one, they should be able to find a walker that they like.
#3: Seat Options Matter
Some handicap walking chairs may have a seat, but not much else in terms of comfort and stability. This is why all of our handicap walkers with a seat feature backrest bars to ensure proper posture support and back comfort. When it comes to the actual seat material, there are also options available depending on the model a person chooses, and some may have cushions which are made with gel foam, regular foam, or memory foam. Being sure that a user can fit in the seat between the handlebars is important for optimal comfort, because a seat that is too large can result in sliding around. If a seat is too small, the user may suffer pinching and pressure pain from the handlebars. Larger bariatric models are made to accommodate users by providing a wider seat for heavier people.
#4: Overall Height
Some handicap walkers with wheels are fully adjustable. This is definitely a feature to consider, even though it may affect the price in some cases. If you cannot find a model that is height adjustable, it’s important that the seat and overall height of the handicap rollator is the right size, so that it can be easy to get in and out of. The best way for a user to do this is to ensure that they are able to have their hands slightly in front of them (but hanging down as if to hold a walking cane loosely). The seat should be just below this height. One can always look at “seat to floor” heights on the walker specifications.
#5: Product Weight is Important Too
Handicapped users are often unable to lift items weighing above a certain amount. Fortunately, most rollator walkers are less than 26 pounds and are lightweight, but some are heavier than most users are able to lift. Fortunately, lightweight handicap walkers with seats can help when a user needs to find a solution that weighs less than 15 to 20 pounds. This helps to accommodate their lifting restrictions and still provides exceptional balance and support. Of course, bariatric models may weigh on the higher side, but they are still much lighter than a manual wheelchair, power scooter, or electric wheelchair.
#6: Additional Features
Once you have decided the style and measurements of a walker you need, then you can consider additional features that often come with handicap rollators. For example, a person can greatly benefit from using a walker basket (often included) to hold their personal belongings. Others may have additional features and parts, such as larger wheels to handle all-terrain use instead of just being used indoors.
If you’re looking for the best handicap walker with a seat, we are here to help! Our friendly customer service staff is ready to assist you with any questions and can even help you with ordering from our selection. Give us a call today and order yours now!