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How do I use my wheeled walker (rollator)?
Common mistakes seen by therapists

Maneuverable Rollator
  • Not engaging the brakes when sitting or standing.
  • Starting to sit while still turning in front of the chair/bed/toilet/car.
  • Uneven steps.
  • Holding the walker too close/too far away from you while taking steps.
  • Forgetting to use the walker – walking away from the walker.
  • Holding the walker with both hands while standing up and sitting down.
  • Leaning too far away from the base of support provided by the walker.
  • Twisting away from the walker while turning.
  • Sitting on the walker while someone pushes it. (Note: There are some models of walkers that allow this function).

If you need assistance, people should help you by guiding your body forward and keeping your weight over your feet. You should not be pulled through the arms or shoulders. You should not hold onto your helper … you hold the furniture and walker. Your helper holds onto you!!

Please consult with a therapist on other activities that you wish to perform while using your walker (ie: stairs; doors, spring-loaded or revolving; carrying items; putting your walker in / out of a car; roadside curbs; cooking and cleaning).


How do I use my wheeled walker (rollator)?


Choosing the Right Walker

You’ll need to consider much more than physical ability.
What about the environment and social supports?

Do You Need a Therapist?

And if so, how do you find a therapist?
We have a number of associations you may contact.

Where to Purchase a Walker

You have options and we have recommendations.
There is also financial assistance available to you.

Using a Walker Safely

From basic activities to common mistakes, here’s a guide to help you use your non-wheeled walker or wheeled walker safely and effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly given answers. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to contribute and help others.

Case Studies

Professionally prepared resources that offer guidance to a successful thought process based on past experiences.


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