Lifting a walker takes extra effort that some elderly patients just don’t have. By making the walker easier to move forward, they can move around more easily. Standard folding walkers come with either two wheels or no wheels. Either type of walker can be modified to make it easier to handle.
Most walkers come standard with rubber feet that provide extra traction. The extra resistance provided by these rubber feet can make it difficult to slide or roll the walker forward, forcing the user to lift the walker instead.
Tennis balls are a popular replacement, but they wear out quickly. For a longer lasting alternative with less resistance, try replacing the rubber feet with ski glides. They slide smoothly over carpet and other surfaces.
Note: To remove the ski glides, loosen the screw in the bottom of each glide by turning it counterclockwise with the hex key. Then slide the ski glides out of the walker legs.
Roll Mobility ski glides include a locking hex key to tighten them in place. These types of glides last longer than the kind that simply slide into the walker tube without tightening. This cheaper version can loosen and work its way back out over time.
After replacing the tips, test the walker out before allowing the elderly patient to use it. The ski glides should be held firmly in place and should be turned with the ski lip facing straight ahead. Instruct the user how to use the walker with the new replacement tips before allowing the patient to use the walker unassisted.
A finger pulse oximeter is primarily used to measure blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate. Since it provides a continuous reading of these measurements, an oximeter allows the user to detect changes in the oxygen level and heart rate as they occur.
This device is non-invasive and does not require a blood draw to determine the oxygen saturation level. It has also been approved for use outside of the medical environment. Athletes, mountain climbers, and patients with heart trouble or other medical problems can monitor their blood oxygen levels no matter where they are. This convenience can cut down on the number of doctor visits needed and alert the user to the need to seek medical help before their condition becomes life-threatening.
The normal range for blood oxygen saturation is between 96% and 100%. Anything below a reading of 90% could signify danger and quickly lead to life-threatening complications. Seek medical help if your blood oxygen level approaches 90% or lower. Make sure to follow all directions for using the pulse oximeter to ensure that the reading is correct. If your oximeter returns an abnormal reading, check it again to make sure the reading is accurate.
Let’s face it. Flat tires always happen at the worst times. You’re alone, in a hurry, and far from home. Pneumatic, inflated wheelchair tires provide a cushion when going over bumps and rough terrain, but they also present the risk of punctures from broken glass and sharp objects.
With solid composite urethane tires, although the ride is not quite as smooth, you don’t need to worry about fixing a flat. Most wheelchair users consider this peace of mind (no flats) to be more than worth the trade-off of a slightly rougher ride.
Once a pneumatic tire is punctured, it’s not a good idea to ride on it. Riding on a flat can damage the tire rim and create even bigger problems than a flat tire. With solid, airless tires, there’s no need to worry about a flat and no need to check the tire pressure or fill the tires with air.
The “no maintenance” factor of solid tires is their biggest advantage over pneumatic tires. Pneumatic tires become harder to push as the tire pressure drops and need to be refilled about once a week. Solid tires are airless and never need to be filled up.
Pneumatic tires need to be replaced when the tread wears down or when the tire is punctured. You might find yourself buying new tires every few years, depending on how much use your wheelchair gets. Solid urethane tires, on the other hand, never need to be replaced under normal circumstances.
Rollators offer a sense of independence and stability for aging seniors and for people dealing with temporary or permanent disabilities. The biggest advantage of a rollator is that it allows the user to sit down and rest any time, any place.
Learning how to use a four wheeled rollator is simple and safe. Most rollators include hand brakes to slow down the walker or lock it in place. See the instructions below for more details on how to use a rollator.
When used properly, a rollator should allow you to walk with as natural a gait as possible.
WARNING: Do not use the walker on stairs or escalators. Pay special attention on ramps and slopes.
The locking brake handles allow you to slow down, stop, or lock the rollator in place.
Learning how to get around in a wheelchair takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, using a wheelchair can give you back your sense of freedom and independence. In order to safely use your wheelchair, you should learn and practice the following skills, including how to navigate ramps and how to maintain your center of balance.
Although you may be able to easily navigate moderate inclines, assistance is strongly encouraged and recommended when going up or down inclines greater than 10 degrees. If you must stop on an incline, you should avoid sudden and abrupt movements when you begin to roll the wheelchair again. Because of the angle of the wheelchair, sudden movements or shifting of weight can cause instability.
Avoid changing direction when going down an incline and avoid turning the wheels parallel to the downward side of an incline, as this could result in instability and cause the wheelchair to tip. Also, avoid attempting to engage the wheel lock brakes while in motion, as it could cause the wheelchair to tip or bring the chair to a sudden, abrupt stop.
Roll Mobility wheelchairs are designed to be very stable and safe for the user as long as your center of gravity remains balanced while in the wheelchair. Take extreme care while participating in any activity that may shift the center of gravity in the chair. You should never attempt to reach so far that it requires you to shift in the seat or lean over out of the chair. When an object is out of reach, you should reposition the wheelchair so that you are able to maintain a firm center of gravity. Also, make sure the front casters are pointing in a forward position, which will extend the wheel base and will naturally stabilize the chair.
Used properly, a walking cane can help with balance or provide support after an injury or disability. The two basic types of canes are single tip canes and quad canes with a wide base and four tips. If you use the cane only for balance, a standard cane with a single tip is usually the best solution. If you lean on the cane for support, a heavier and more stable cane may be necessary to bear the extra weight. A quad cane can provide this extra support for weight bearing use.Your doctor or therapist can demonstrate the proper use of a walking cane for your situation. Most therapists recommend the following method for using a cane for walking:
Note: Do not use a wide base quad cane to negotiate stairs.
Before adjusting the folding walker for your height requirement, make sure that both the walker and user are on level ground. Also, it will be helpful to wear the shoes you will most often wear while using the walker to assure the most comfortable setting.
When your arms are extended downward, the top of the handle should be at wrist height. When your hands are placed on the hand grip, your elbows should be bent at a 20-30 degree angle. Raise or lower the walker legs as needed to conform to these specifications.
Roll Mobility is excited to announce that we are now shipping to customers in Alaska and Hawaii! Because of the growing demand for our mobility equipment outside the continental U.S., we are working to expand our shipping to include a wider base of customers around the country.
Customers from Alaska and Hawaii can order our products online at www.rollmobility.com or by calling our customer service line at (888) 961-3334. Our regular hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-6pm Central. Shipping charges will be added to your order for products shipped to Alaska and Hawaii. As always, we will continue to offer free shipping on all orders within the lower 48 states.
Exact delivery times may vary for Alaska and Hawaii. We will make every effort to make sure that your order gets to you as soon as possible. We ship out your order by the next business day, and we provide you with a tracking number that lets you know the status of your order and the estimated arrival date.
Our Alaska and Hawaii customers receive the same premium mobility products, 100% guarantee, responsive customer support, and warranty terms as all Roll Mobility customers.
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