Different Types of Walkers for the Elderly and Handicapped
There are a number of different types of walkers used by the elderly and/or those who are handicapped. One size does not fit all. What works for one, may not work for another. Some require lots of support while others may not require much at all. So, here is a list of different walkers and important information about each type.
Heavy Duty Walkers
The Heavy Duty Walker is designed to hold up to 300-500 pounds and comes in various styles that make it widely suitable. This type of walker comes without wheels but has the option to add wheels. In addition to wheels, a seat pad and a basket can be a luxury on the rollator styles. This walker can be found at places like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Walmart, and Overstock.com just to name a few.
Two-in-One and Three-in-One Walkers
2 in 1 walkers are not just your average walker. These walkers can be converted into wheelchairs as well. This type of walker is convenient for those who like to be independent, but also would like to be able to have mobility while sitting or being transported.
3 in 1 walkers are much like the 2 in 1 walkers, but with an added backrest option. This type of walker can be used indoors as well as outdoors. The 3 in 1 walker is great for those who want options! The seat and backrest can be removed and this type of walker, like the others, is able to be folded down and stored.
The rollator is a walker with wheels that also have the seating option. This type of walker comes with a storage bin that makes shopping easier. The rollator allows users to stop and relax when they need to. This type of walker is great for those that like to be out and about. This walker can often fold up, making it easy to store when it’s not being used or to travel by fitting in a car.
Standard walkers are the most basic type of walker available. This type of walker has four legs and provides stability, a step up from a basic cane. This type of walker is appropriate for those who do not wish to have wheels and seating options. For those who just need a little support and do not wish to have mobility with wheels, this type of walker is great for control and stability with each step. Standard walkers are among the cheapest to afford.