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Which walker is right for me?
The Final Choice: Walker or Rollator

The final choice of walker is usually based on a series of compromises defined by your physical status, the different places you walk, the activities in which you participate, availability of assistance or supervision if needed, and your budget.

If there is any question as to which walker is the right choice for you, it is best to seek assistance from a certified therapist, such as a physical or occupational therapist. In addition to helping with the selection of the walker, your therapist can consider future physical changes, arrange for trial equipment, train you to use the walker safely, and may assist with funding that is available in your area.

Do I need a therapist to buy a walker?

How do I find a therapist?


Differences between stable walkers and rollators

Stable Walkers – no wheels

Stable Walker (no wheels)

Accessories commonly available:

  • Pouches / bags
  • 5” casters on front posts swivel or non-swivel
  • Skis placed on rear posts to improve sliding of walker across the floor
  • Available in folding and non-folding styles
  • Compact when folded
  • Generally lighter weight than wheeled models
  • The user must have enough arm strength and endurance to pick up the walker and move it forward one step at a time
  • User must have sufficient balance on one or both legs to move walker forward one step
  • Usually is height adjustable
  • Usually has molded or foam grip handles


Maneuverable Rollator – four wheels

Four wheeled rollator

Accessories commonly available:

  • Bags / baskets
  • Oxygen holders
  • Ergonomic brake styles
  • One hand brake
  • Padded seats – may flip up to allow user to step further into walker
  • Saves considerable energy
  • Arm and back muscles spared from repetitive lifting movements
  • Front wheels swivel for easy turning in a small space
  • Most models offer a padded seat and ergonomic brakes
  • Allows for a faster walking speed and a more normal gait pattern
  • Smaller casters and lighter frames are geared to being used mostly indoors
  • Larger casters and heavier frames are geared to being more stable and safe outdoors

Does my walker fit me?


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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