If you find it tiring to walk longer distances or have trouble with your balance, then a 3 wheel walker could help you get back to doing what you want to be doing, whether that’s a bit of light gardening or popping down to the shops to see friends. A walker is also a good temporary solution for people recovering from surgery or injuries that means they can’t bear weight on one leg. But with the variety of mobility aids available, how do you know if a 3 wheel walker is the right mobility aid for you? We help explain here.
What is it?
Walkers come in all shapes and styles – from wheel-less models to those with two, three or even four wheels. They’re all designed to offer slightly different support to those who need it. Sometimes a walker with wheels is called a rollator, but other times you’ll see them referred to as 2, 3 or 4 wheel walkers. Adult 3 wheel scooters such as 3 wheel walkers offer a good balance between the faster walking speed possible with a wheeled walker and the stability offered by a walker with wheel-less legs.
Why choose a 3 wheel walker?
A 3 wheel walker, due to its maneuverability, is ideal for people who are able to walk but need help to balance, are at risk of falling or get tired walking unaided. The key advantages include:
The right amount of support
Compared to a standard walker without wheels, a 3 wheel walker doesn’t require the arm strength needed to pick up the walker and move it forward each step. They can provide more mobility and be helpful to people who aren’t stable enough on their feet to use a fully wheeled walker with four wheels but who need the maneuverability of a wheeled walker. They also provide more support than a walking stick, and can give you sturdy support and stability in a lightweight, easily maneuverable frame.
Their combination of wheels, light weight and narrow frame, makes 3 wheel walkers very easy to maneuver even in small spaces. They can also be adjusted to suit the height of the user, and are available in foldable versions too which makes them incredibly easy to transport.
If you are at risk of falling or unsteady on your feet, a 3 wheel walker could help make moving around more secure and improve your confidence in getting back on your feet. Remember to always seek medical advice if you haven’t already and are thinking of getting a new mobility aid.
Features to look for in a 3 wheel walker
Once you’ve decided that this is the right mobility aid for you, then it’s time to consider what features you’d like in your walker.
- Foldable frame for easy transport.
- Check that the frame is height-adjustable and fits your body.
- Easy-to-use brakes/
- Accessories such as trays and cup holders.
- Ergonomic handles.
- In-built seats if you need to sit down frequently.
- Check what surfaces your walker can be used on, there are wheels suitable for different terrains.
- Basket or pouch storage for your wallet, keys or even shopping.
We’re here to help get you back on your feet
If you have any questions about mobility aids from 3 wheel walkers to wheelchairs then get in touch with us here. It’s important to consider your comfort, strength and balance when choosing an adult 3 wheel scooter too, so make sure to consult a doctor or alternatively, a specialist healthcare professional, before you make a purchase.