How To Use And Care For Your Walking Frame With Wheels?
A walking frame with wheels can be a game-changer for many. It’s an efficient piece of lightweight equipment that can help improve mobility and allow greater independence. At Clearwell Mobility, we provide a variety of mobility aids that can cater to a variety of needs and situations. While our walking sticks and canes offer a degree of support when walking, our wheeled walkers can give some people with restricted mobility better security and ease of movement.
How to Use a Walking Frame
Unlike walking sticks, which have ferrules as their one point of contact with the ground, a wheeled walker has three or four points of contact. It features a sturdy frame that can support a person’s weight, along with handles that are easy to grip. Additionally, it comes with working brakes that help users have more control over its movement. Some of these walking frames also come with baskets, bags, or seats.
A wheeled walker has a wider base than a walking stick or cane, so it can offer more support to those who have difficulty maintaining balance and stability. Better balance not only reduces the risks of falling but also allows a less sedentary lifestyle.
Clearwell Mobility offers a range of walking frames in the UK that can suit a variety of preferences.
A narrow folding walking frame with wheels helps users walk and get around more easily. An important thing to remember is that because a walker like this has wheels, you should not use it to pull yourself up from a sitting position. It should also not be used when going up or down the stairs.
In store, one of our experienced showroom staff can show you how to use your three- or four-wheeled walking frame properly. Our team will also adjust the height of the walker to make sure you can stand and walk comfortably without stooping.
Walking Frame Maintenance
The frame can be kept clean with water and mild soap, or you can use spray cleaners. Cleaning the walker is easy, but it’s also important to keep an eye on certain parts of the frame.
The glide caps, for example, prevent the walker from getting caught on rough surfaces. If they are lost or damaged, you can buy replacements from our online store.
You should also regularly check how well the wheels work. If they appear to be damaged or are sticking, for instance, then it may be time to replace them.
Another important thing to keep an eye on is the frame’s locking hinge. This mechanism is what keeps the folding walking frame at your preferred height and ensures that it won’t buckle under your weight while in use. If this mechanism is showing signs of failing, we advise scheduling a repair as soon as possible.
Alongside our walking frames, we also offer various other types of mobility and healthcare equipment. For enquiries, call us on 01444 253 300 or email us via https://www.clearwellmobility.co.uk/contact-us.
The Kinds Of Walking Frames With Wheels And Their Benefits
Here are some types of wheeled walkers and their advantages:
- Two front wheels and two back legs. This disability equipment with wheels is perfect for people who have issues with balance when they walk or stand. These types of walkers also tend to be foldable, so they can be taken out on trips.
- The 3-wheeled walking frame with seat. This is best for indoor use as it is easy to place in a narrow space with its basic wheel in front and the two back wheels.
- Four-wheel walker. This is also known as a rollator or a walker with a seat. It is perfect for those who need support when standing or walking.
- Top-of-the-range walkers. These wheeled walking frames offer comfort as they feature well-padded seats, as well as a backrest.
Difference Between A Walker And Rollator
Below are some differences between a walker and a rollator:
- It has four legs, which stay in contact with the ground as you move.
- It should be lifted to keep it moving forward.
- It is more stable and supports weight when walking and standing.
- This is a walking frame with a seat that has four wheels and brakes.
- It doesn’t need to be lifted to move forward.
- This walking aid with wheels tends to be larger than regular walkers.
- It is perfect for balancing yourself, and if you need to rest occasionally while out and about.
Here at Clearwell Mobility we offer a wide range of mobility aids such as wheelchairs, canes, scooters, walking frames with trays, wheels, and seats, and more! In addition, we also stock other pieces of medical equipment, like beds, recliners, bathing accessories, personal care products, and more. Browse our selection today!
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a walking frame help?
A walking frame offers balance and stability, allowing users to increase their mobility. They come in different sizes and are typically adjustable. You can choose between folding or rigid frames made of aluminium or steel. You can also opt for a walker with wheels or without wheels.
How do you use a walking frame?
When using a wheel-less walker, stand upright and hold the frame with both hands. Then, lift the frame forward and out for a short distance and place it down with all four tips firmly on the ground. You can now step forward using one leg while placing your weight on the frame, then bring the other leg alongside.
Which is better, a walker with wheels or without?
For those who need a little extra support, a basic walker with no wheels is a better choice, as it is more stable. But for people who need more walking mobility, folding walking frames with wheels are recommended for ease of movement outdoors.
What is the correct height for a walking frame?
Folding walking frames vary in size, and you can usually find around three or four different height ranges for this type of equipment on the market. Walking frames typically stand between 67 centimetres (26 inches) and 94 centimetres (37 inches). You should measure the height that is best for you by standing as upright as possible and measuring the distance from your wrist bone to the floor. You should set the handle heights to this measurement.
Who should not use a rollator walker?
Walking equipment with wheels will partially support your weight while standing or walking. If you have issues with standing, balancing, or need firm support when walking, use a walker with no wheels instead of a rollator. You can find both types for sale here at Clearwell Mobility.