A 65-year-old overweight woman with a five-year history of progressively worsening osteoarthritis.
Lightweight rollator with ergonomic grips, easy to apply brakes, soft seat, basket and 8” casters
The lightweight construction of the rollator frame and easy rolling of the 4 large casters reduced the client’s fatigue in using the rollator. The soft ergonomic grips encouraged the client to redistribute some of her weight away from her painful knees while still protecting her fragile finger joints. The seat allowed the client to plan and pace her activities when engaging in activities that extended beyond her endurance or pain tolerance. The stable feel and smooth walking gait obtained in using the rollator increased the client’s confidence in her mobility. The larger casters roll over small thresholds and uneven ground with less effort and greater comfort than smaller casters. The doorways in the home are able to accommodate the slightly larger turning radius required by the larger casters. The patient’s weight is within the lower weight capacity that often results from the lighter frame construction.
Re-engagement in community activities followed a brief period of increased physical activity and regular exercise. The client’s spouse is able to pack the rollator into the back seat of their car. The client’s increased activity level has elevated her mood level and she has begun voicing interest in weight loss programs.
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