3 wheel walkers are rolling walkers with hand brakes, a bag/basket and 3 wheels. They are mobility products for the elderly that can help prevent falls.
Is your loved one having some balance and strength issues?
Are they starting to hold onto furniture or walls while walking around their home?
A 3 wheel walker might be something to consider that can make their life safer and easier.
They reduce the risk of falling and can improve confidence the elderly have of their walking ability.
It is not uncommon for elderly to have a fear of falling, especially if they or their friends have had a fall resulting in an injury.
It's important to make sure that this type of walker is the right mobility aid for your senior.
3 wheel walkers are very similar to rollator walkers as they are both rolling walkers and have a bag/basket and hand brakes.
However, they do not have a seat and are not as stable as a rollator.
Some seniors feel that a 3 wheel walker is a little more maneuverable than a rollator walker and can be used more easily in small spaces.
I recommend rollator walkers the majority of the time as they are more stable, the seat is a convenient feature and I do not notice that they are less maneuverable.
Three wheel walkers are good mobility aids for elderly that need support due to issues with balance, strength and endurance.
Elderly who do not need a seat to sit on as this type of walker does not have one.
Elderly who need more support should consider a rollator walker or other types of walkers for elderly.
Elderly with endurance issues who would benefit from a built in seat should consider a rollator.
Good 3 wheel walkers will have the following features:
There are a number of walker accessories including:
For more information: Walker Accessories
Similar to other mobility aids, the handles of the three wheel walker should be at the same level of their wrists when they are by their side.
Make sure they you can adjust the walker handle height up/down 1 inch from this height as some elderly prefer to move it slightly up/down based on personal preference and comfort.
3 wheel walkers can cost $100-500 depending on the quality and features.
I recommend buying a walker that is as high quality as the senior can afford. They work better, last longer and most have replacement parts - whereas discount models do not have replacement parts and do not last as long.
There are a variety of other walkers, including: