For some people, it can be very pleasant to have an electric walker. These rollators require less effort on the part of the user and allow the user to travel longer distances with them. In this blog we will explain the different advantages and disadvantages of electric walkers.
Advantages of an electric walker
1) Less effort: an electric rollator moves without the need for a lot of force. Many standard rollators that are relatively heavy are therefore also less mobile. With an electric rollator you don’t have to exert as much effort.
2) Super mobile: in a jiffy you can make a bend with an electric rollator. This is super easy and fast. In addition, they often offer good support and you can easily cross thresholds with them. The electric rollators often have built-in sensors that also recognise and anticipate thresholds. This can also offer a solution for climbing a hill.
3) Determine speed yourself: often with an electric walker you can determine how fast you want to go. This allows you to adjust it to individual preferences.
4) Additional functionalities: often electric rollators are equipped with the most recent techniques. Think of built-in SOS buttons with which you can let an ambulance know where you are. By means of GPS signals, for example, a message is also sent to family or friends. In addition, an electric rollator often has an emergency button with which the rollator can be brought to a complete stop. This can be useful, should a technical problem occur. In addition, there are often built-in lighting in an electric rollator which makes the user even more visible in traffic. This will reduce the risk of accidents.
5) Electric rollators are often easy to fold.
Disadvantages of an electric walker
1) Surplus of possibilities: in many cases older people find it difficult to keep up with technological developments. Think for example of the use of applications such as Whatsapp or the purchase of the latest iPhone. Technological developments often provide more possibilities. At the same time, the use of new devices often becomes more complex due to the surplus of possibilities. For this reason many elderly people prefer to use a standard rollator without too much fuss.
2) The high price tag: an electric rollator often costs more than 1000 euros. Of course, that is a lot of money and can therefore deter consumers.
3) Chance of technical problems: an electric walker often needs to be well maintained. They often have the latest technical gadgets, but that also makes them vulnerable. What if something goes wrong? What if the brake suddenly stops working properly? What if the system experiences a malfunction? These are all legitimate questions. That’s why it’s a good idea to first examine whether an electric rollator is safe and reliable.
For some people, an electric rollator can offer great advantages over a standard rollator. Others may find it more pleasant not to be overloaded with possibilities and technical gadgets. In short, make your own choice where you prefer.
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