People who suffer from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or are physically challenged face the problem of not being able to move around in the outdoor environment nor being able to travel. It is crucial to be able to commute independently and with ease in outdoor environments without dependence on others.
The use of walkers and canes for travelling is difficult and problematic. Thus, people who find it difficult to walk without physically support can try using a rollator.
A rollator or wheeled walker or transport chair is basically a walker with wheels and it has the following features:
• Many physically disabled people find it difficult to use walkers and canes, especially on uneven surfaces. The rollator solves this difficulty by providing wheels.
• It also provides brakes and a mechanism to help change directions.
• It provides a seat and a pouch or basket, which increases its utility.
People suffering from partial ataxia also benefit from this device. Some ataxia patients can go and work in offices with the help of rollators.
Rollators are different from wheelchairs in two major aspects. One, is that they are more flexible and adjustable. Second is that they can be used without any help. Rollators are not for people who have no movement capability in their legs.
Four-wheeled rollators can act as wheelchairs since they have a provision for seating.