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Rollator Running Freely

parkgateparkgate Member Posts: 15 Connected
My brother in law has had a stroke and has also recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

He has problems with balance and his left leg can often drag or become unresponsive.

We have bought a rollator for him - but it it rolls very freely and can run away with him and he falls.

We we’re wondering whether there is a device that could be fitted to the wheels to cause drag so they don’t run so freely giving him more control.

Thank You.

Kind Regards,


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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,831 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @parkgate and welcome to the community! From my own experience, having weights attached to my walking frame helped me to stop it from rolling. Is he seen by a physiotherapist at all? They would be best to advise you :)
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  • parkgateparkgate Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Dear Ami2301,

    Yes weights are are a good idea we have even thought of putting a sponge under the hub to cause drag but I thought there may be a propriety device in existence - I wouldn’t have thought my brother in law is the only one in this situation.

    How did you attach the weights?

    I will ask him to speak to a physiotherapist although I don’t think he is having physiotherapy at the moment - a helpful suggestion.

    Regards,

    Parkgate
  • MisscleoMisscleo Member Posts: 646 Pioneering
    I had the same problem gave up on it cos it kept running away and I live on a steep hill.
    There should be a device to hold the thing back.
    Look forward to the answers 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 4,773 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @parkgate - I'm wondering if there's any chance you could return the rollator you've bought as you can get some with brakes . This one has dual action brakes so it can be slowed down, or stopped completely, but as he's had a stroke, might not work for him. Here its £89.99(with VAT relief) & free P & P. See: https://www.feneticwellbeing.com/x-cruise-folding-lightweight-compact-rollator. Also on ebay for £84.99. Worth looking around.
    Certainly ask for physio advice if you can. See if they've got any he could 'test drive.'
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,999 Disability Gamechanger
    Back in the days when I had a wheeled walker (rollator) I was always afraid it would run away with me and make me fall. It did have breaks, but if your suddenly taken faster than you can walk, maybe you cant work the breaks quickly enough.

    So yeh, seek help form a physio. It was thy who gave me the thing!
  • parkgateparkgate Member Posts: 15 Connected
    The Rollator has brakes but he cannot react in time when it starts go.

    Looking in the Internet I notice some companies sell a locking bracket which I assume would prevent the wheels from swivelling off into the direction he doesn’t want to go which is part of the problem.


  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 4,773 Disability Gamechanger
    A quick fix we used to do with inpatients was to use sandbags as weights (as Ami suggested), but this was using very basic rollators & walking was just on a flat surface, not any inclines. Sorry I haven't come across the locking bracket you mention.
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,831 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @parkgate my physiotherapist attached ankle weights around the lower bars of my walking frame. They were fastened by velcro and they did make a huge difference. :)
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  • parkgateparkgate Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Yes good idea - never thought of that.

    Thank You.
  • parkgateparkgate Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Dear Ami2301,

    I forgot to ask - what size ankle weights did you use?

    Thank You.

    Kind Regards,
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,831 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm seeing my physiotherapist this friday so I will ask him, I've forgotten as this was a year ago! He has a better memory than me :)
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  • parkgateparkgate Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Dear Ami2301,

    That would be helpful - I think it would make a big difference to his life if he could use the Rollator.

    Thank You,

    Kind Regards,
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,831 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem @parkgate if I find out sooner then I will let you know ASAP :) Mobility aids are absolute gamechangers!
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 10,619 Scope community team
    Welcome to the community @parkgate! I'm so glad other members have been able to offer advice here. I hope the idea of weights work and it would be a good idea to ask a physio about this.

    Please do let us know how you get on. :)
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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,831 Disability Gamechanger
    Just a quick update @parkgate I've just found out that my physio is away at the moment, but as soon as hes back I will find out and let you know :)
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  • parkgateparkgate Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Dear Ami2301,

    Thank You for your efforts.

    Kind Regards,
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 10,619 Scope community team
    Hi @parkgate, how are you getting on? :)
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  • parkgateparkgate Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Fine thank you - but we are still no further with the problem with free running Rollator.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 10,619 Scope community team
    Sorry you are no further @parkgate. Have you spoken to his physio or occupational therapist?
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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,831 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @parkgate I apologise for the delay, my physiotherapist told me I used ankle weights which were between 5kg-6kg, I hope this helps! :)
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  • parkgateparkgate Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Dear Ami2301,

    Thank You.We will try this.

    I have a concern when he is going downhill - so will need to carefully proceed.

    Kind Regards and have a good Christmas.
  • ayomide76ayomide76 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    When I started to use my rollator I had the same problem. So I used to use it with the brakes on. 
  • parkgateparkgate Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Do you have the brakes on lightly? - we have tried this but then he cannot then push the Rollator he has little strength.

    it would help if the wheels were fixed in one direction ie don’t rotate to the side.

    His reaction time is slow and one the Rollator goes I am afraid he falls.

    Weights help on the flat but a slight incline gives him problems.

    We have bought him a Zimmer frame with 2 wheels - but he doesn’t have the strength to continually lift it for a prolonged period.



  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,831 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm glad weights help @parkgate :) I'm the same with inclines. To be fair, I've not been taught or shown how to safely walk on inclines, was he shown or had any advice given?
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  • newbornnewborn Member Posts: 541 Pioneering
    Topro troja and other makes have gutter arm rests. That means you rest your entire forearm , leaving your hands free  just to hang onto the brakes,  keeping  them half on when going downhill. 

    It also  means your entire forearms  and your upper  body  weight are resisting,  if the walker decides to dart off sideways.



    If that doesn't  solve it, then your idea  sounds good, for his need of blocking the thing from turning sideways too fast. 

    It would need a d.i.y. person to  fix a limiter to the casters, a bit like the  blinkers on a horse. Or, perhaps,  to swap the leading (swivelling) casters with a set of fixed wheels  meant for the rear.


    The drawback would be he has to lift and move it each time he actually  wants to turn left or right, but if it isn't too heavy he could do that.  He has to get on and off kerbs,  and pushing  uphill is not easy, so maybe in his case, adding sandbags isn't  ideal.
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