How to put a rollator walker into the car trunk?

My mother uses a rollator walker but she struggles getting it into and out of her trunk.


Do you have any recommendations to make this easier?

REPLY from Caring-for-Aging-Parents.com:
Elderly who need a rollator walker often have decreased strength and endurance. So lifting a walker into and out of a car can be a challenge.

The first thing to think about is the weight of the rollator walker. If you haven't purchased one yet or can afford to upgrade, consider a lightweight version.

When considering purchase, I always recommend that seniors try out the walker but also try lifting it into and out of their car. Different versions fold differently (in the middle, front to back).

A few rollator walkers come with a latch to hold the walker together once folded but many do not.

Most regular walkers are between 16 - 19 lbs. Rollator walkers for heavier people are usually 20 - 22 lbs. Lightweight versions can be as light as 13 - 15 lbs.

Recap of options to consider when buying a rollator walker

When considering all aspects of a rollator walker, including folding it up and putting into or out of a trunk, consider:
  • the weight; having a lightweight walker can make it easier to get into and out of the vehicle.
  • how it folds (in the middle, front to back); does this make it easier to get into your particular vehicle?
  • are parts removable (ie. basket) to make it more compact?
  • does it have a latch to hold it together once it is folded?

If you already have a walker, tips for getting it into your car...
  • if there is no latch to hold it together when folded, consider making a holder. Velcro closures can work great for this. It is much easier to lift a rollator walker that stays together once folded than one that flops apart and may put you off balance.
  • consider other areas of the car for storage; sometimes seniors find that lifting a walker into and out of their backseat is easier than the trunk.
  • if you're lifting it into the backseat, you can often leave it almost upright (though folded) if you move the front seat forward.
  • open the door or trunk as wide as possible
  • once you have found a way to keep your walker securely together once folded, bend with your knees, hold onto the bottom part of the walker (do not grab one of the closer upper bars), lift with your knees (not your back) and move the walker into the car.
  • I've seen some seniors use a blandet to help slide the walker into a trunk. This works ok but not great.

Soft Material Folder

There are a few companies that sell a different type of lift-assist. It involves attaching a durable material to the back of the trunk that folds out from there. You place the wheelchair (likely could be used for a walker) into the material and fold it up. Then you use built in handles on the material to lift the wheelchair (or walker) into the trunk.

I have never used one but have seen them on the internet (though you have to search quite hard).

Lifts
Another option is considering a lift to help get the walker into and out of the vehicle.

The drawbacks is lifts are very expensive and, though there are many options for lifts for wheelchairs or scooters, there are no lifts specifically for walkers (please share if I'm wrong!). So the lifts or attachment system would have to be altered for the walker.

Lifts for vehicles vary in price but may be $1200+ for an installed version. If you decide to look into this, use a certified dealer and check the weight capacity of the lift (it should be good for a walker as they are usually meant for wheelchairs or scooters).

Vehicle Set-Up
Seniors often find it easier to lift walkers into and out of hatchbacks that are low to the ground. There is more room and they don't have to lift the walker as high.


I have worked with the elderly for many years and have practiced this movement with them many times. It is certainly a tough situation that has no easy answer.

If any other readers have any tips or tricks that you use to make lifting a walker into and out of the car or trunk, please share below.

Thank you,
Tennille

Comments for How to put a rollator walker into the car trunk?

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Pet seat protector
by: Anonymous

How about using a pet seat protector in the back seat. It hooks on the headrests. It would be like a tarp hammock and maybe help to slide in the rollator easier plus if you hooked it to the front seat headrest and back seat headrest on one side it may help to tilt the rollator up and on and slide in. You wouldn't be jostled by the dips and bends in the seats either. Maybe have two - one set up in car and one to wrap the rollator as you lift in or out cuz it'll have straps already.

Do not store your rollator in the car cabin!
by: Anonymous

Your rollator will become a deadly projectile in the event of an accident. Please store it in the trunk or a special carrier installed on the exterior of the vehicle.

Use a bike rack or cargo carrier
by: Geezer

If you have a spare tire on the outside of your car like my Honda CRV, you can buy a bike rack on Amazon that hooks over the spare tire and holds 2 bikes. You can use walkeers instead of bikes. It is easier to lift them on and off the rack than try and fit them into the trunk. The honda doesnt have much room in the back. I also have a hitch mounter cargo carrier and I can put the walkers in the cargo carrier and just use a couple of bungee cords and they wont go any where or fall off. I bought a rubber mat at Lowes that I place over the walkers and under the bungee cords to protect them from the rain here in Florida.

Rollator Designers are IDIOTS!
by: Anonymous

What the heck are they thinking?

If the user could fold the dang thing up, chunk it in the trunk of the car, walk unassisted to the car door and get in, what the heck do they need the dang thing for?

Point #2, if the user can't do all this and a caregiver is assisting, why does it have to be soooo big and bulky that it beats up the interior of my $50,000 SUV?

Point #3, it will absolutely wear your behind out with the in and out and in out. I mean really, what's the likelyhood that you get your loved one in the vehicle that you're not going to get out 3-5 times? Since we are miles and miles away from the speciality care we need, It's an all day adventure with multiple appointments, we're talking 1/2 dozen times of cramming this thing in the truck!

What the FRENCH TOAST PEOPLE?!?!?!?

Can someone please make one that folds up COMPLETELY? Maybe to the size of carseat? Maybe with it's own "docking station" in the backseat so it could be secured so that it doesn't flop over and squish the bread or worse, become a projectile during an accident.

Thanks for listening guys about how I think old people toys SUCK!

Need innovation
by: Sherry Blair

I am so glad I can still drive around. I cannot, however, walk around. I love my rollator. With that, I can walk around fast. This problem that senior like me face with not being able to get their rollators into their car trunks by themselves is a huge problem. Without some means of doing that, we have to become dependent on others to take us places instead of driving ourselves. I can only hope that some entrepeneur will develop an affordable devise to help us.

Infants in cars 10 years, seniors with walkers 30 years
by: Anonymous

I have tried several into my Toyota but the space between the back seat and the front back is too narrow and the seats too high. The wheels of the folding walker rotator too large and turning sideways making it very hard to put in and out and so making shopping such a dilemma because of it. I am nearly ninety and absolutely need my car to get everything, food, appointements and this is too hard. All the gadgets of the car are for transporting infants, but nothing for transporting old age people. It is more frequent now to carry on past 90. I can still work and my parents did too.











Folding up a walker
by: Phyllis

I too have trouble getting my rollator walker into the back seat of my car. Rather it be in a standing position or sliding it onto the back seat of the car. It hurts my back. I have tried using a bungee cord to tie the wheels together. However you have to bend over to do this. Why hasn't someone did a hook and a metal button on the wheels to hook them together? Even a rubber band to hook on that knob or sorts. Lets get some women to think of this situation. I need help

Walker
by: Anonymous

Getting walker in and out of trunk is killing my back,i stayed in bed all day after taking my mother out day before,i can't do this,I'm injuring my own back

Rubber ramp tp roll wheelchairs etc into SUV backs
by: Anonymous

The back of my SUV is a flat storage space. How can I roll my Rollator up and into this space? I saw a foldable ramp on TV but was not quick enough to get details. The ramp on TV folds up to fit in the back and you can open it to strech it from the open storage space to the ground. Any info would be appreciated! It seemed to be be made of abrazi a rubber material.

Rollator lift
by: Anonymous

My 95 year old father has a hard time getting his rollator walker in and out of his pickup. I'm heading over to weld a lift up for him. Just thought it would be easier to buy one already built.

Can a walker fit in the trunk of a Ford Fusion
by: SS

I'm looking at getting a Ford Fusion.
My question is can a walker fit in the opening of the trunk?
I can see the time I will have to have Hubby get a walker
The one with a seat.
I now have a Chevy Malibu & could not get my mothers walker into the opening of the trunk.
Any help or advice is appreciated.
Thank you.

Steady Rollator Carrier has saved my back!
by: Anonymous

I don't have to lift my rollator into my backseat anymore. I just tilt my rollator and it practically loads itself onto my new Steady Rollator Carrier.

Rollator Carrier
by: Anonymous

I love my Steady rollator carrier. I don't have to lift my rollator into the backseat or trunk anymore. It makes traveling so much easier.

Bike Rack on Car to carry
by: Anonymous

I'm trying to figure out how to utilize a rear of the car single bike rack to accomodate a transport walker rollator. I know it can be done. If anyone out there finds the best product for this purpose, let me know. Testing it out before buying is the hard part.

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