At Mobility Hub we often get asked general questions about walkers and walking frames.
We’ve put together some initial information below that may help you with your decision on which mobility aid may best suit you.
Have a read and then feel free to visit us at our Wairau Park showroom in Auckland to view and trial products in our range.
We also have experts on hand to offer advice and guidance.
FAQs Walkers and Walking Frames
What is a Walking Frame?
A walking frame is a piece of equipment used to help people who have difficulty walking. They help to improve stability and balance and can therefore also increase confidence and prevent falls. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eWalking frames come in many different options.
What is the difference between a walking frame and wheeled walkers?
Some walking frames are solid and do not have wheels. This means they must be lifted in order to be moved. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eWheeled walkers (or Rollators as they are also known), have either 3 or 4 wheels and come with handbrakes. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eFrames without wheels are outdated. Wheeled walkers are easier and safer to use.
What are the benefits of a walking frame?
A walking frame (also known as a Zimmer Frame or Rollator), offers support for people experiencing balance issues, who need assistance walking, or require taking regular breaks while walking. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eA walker will provide more mobility both indoors and out. Walkers and Walking frames come in a wide range of styles and configurations such as 3 or 4 wheeled or without wheels entirely. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eOptions also include one and two handled brakes, seats, cane holders, bottle holders, lights and tray tables. You can view our range of Walkers and accessories in our Auckland Showroom today.
Which walker is best for balance problems?
All 4 wheel walkers are ideal however, the u003ca href=u0022https://mobilityhub.co.nz/product/topro-troja-neuro-walker/u0022 data-type=u0022productu0022 data-id=u00221305u0022u003eTroja Neuro Walkeru003c/au003e is designed for users with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eOnly when the brakes are pressed in will the reverse braking system engage, allowing the brakes to engage automatically when sitting or standing.
Is a walking frames better than crutches or a cane?
This depends entirely on the individual and their situation. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eFor someone experiencing balance issues, a walking frame or rollator could be the best option as they are lightweight, stablising, and offer more support. It is a great fall prevention tool as the user can sit down when feeling tired or dizzy. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eIf you are fairly stable on your feet but just need a bit of extra support, a cane or crutches may suit you better. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eWe have a wide range of options at our Auckland showroom and experts who can offer advice. u003ca href=u0022https://mobilityhub.co.nz/contact-us/u0022 data-type=u0022pageu0022 data-id=u0022787u0022u003eVisit us in Wairau Park todayu003c/au003e.
What is the difference between a walker and a zimmer frame?
A walker and a zimmer frame are essentially the same thing and are simply known by both the terms interchangeably. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eWalkers and Zimmer frames are very popular due to their lightweight and easily transportable frames.
What is the best walking aid for the elderly in NZ?
For those who like to live an active life and get out and about, a walking frame or rollator is a great option for those experiencing balance issues. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eThese mobility aids are lightweight and easily transportable giving greater stability than a walking stick or cane. They also have one and two handled brakes for better control. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eu003ca href=u0022https://mobilityhub.co.nz/contact-us/u0022 data-type=u0022pageu0022 data-id=u0022787u0022u003eVisit our Auckland showroomu003c/au003e to trial our wide range of options before you buy.