Rollator Tips and Resources
Slow-down brakes—If you live in a hilly area, you may want a rollator with slow-down brakes. They allow you to set the tension for the brakes when you are going downhill so the rollator does not get away from you.
Tote bags/pouches—Some people may prefer a tote bag over a basket for storage in the rollator. When folding the rollator, the basket needs to be removed but the tote bag can remain attached.
Sitting—Fully engage the brakes before you sit down on the rollator and only disengage the brake when you are standing and ready to walk.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rollators
Can I use my rollator to go up and down stairs?
Do not use your rollator to go up and down the stairs. If you need help going up the stairs, a stair lift may be a good option. Do not use your rollator on an escalator.
What is the different between a standard walker and a rollator?
Standard walkers have no wheels or only two non-swivel wheels on the front two legs. Rollators have wheels on all the legs and the front wheel(s) swivel. A standard walker without wheels offers the most support but require you to lift it with every step you take. Rollators offer support without slowing down your walking pace.
Is funding available for rollators?
In the U.S., funding is available through Medicare part B if it’s medically necessary and prescribed by a doctor. In Canada, funding is available provincially and eligibility requirements may differ from province to province. Community and other non-profit organizations may offer financial assistance as well.