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Gong Life Care Solutions supplies a very light-weight but strong, folding rollator walker, called the KMINA rollator, especially for use inside the home. It’s both elegant and ergonomic in design, and easy to use.
The KMINA Indoor Rollator is a comfortable alternative to conventional walkers and enables people to enjoy everyday life at home with ease – it’s easy to get through doorways and steer around furniture!
Mobility promotes healthy ageing
Elderly people need a certain level of mobility to continue to live independently at home. If someone’s mobility restrictions affect their ability to stay socially connected and to manage their own affairs and ordinary activities of daily living, then planning with them to rectify this is really important. Part of the planning might include a doctor’s consultation with a view to referral to allied health practitioners for assessment of strength, balance and mobility. If required, discussion about mobility supports or devices will clarify what’s needed.
It’s known that elderly people can limit their physical activity due to psychological influences such as fear of falling, and anxiety, and this can have a flow-on effect on their quality of life. Fear of falling can affect both self-image and self-confidence, especially after experiencing one or more falls. Poor balance, pain, and the fear of falling again lead many older people to the conclusion that a walking stick (cane) no longer helps them enough, and that a walking device which provides more stability and a greater sense of safety, is needed.
One of the most important walking aids used by older people in the home or out and about, is the rollator, or wheely-walker. They come in many shapes and sizes.
Rollators provide increased security, balance, and a place to store things while mobile. Those designed for outdoor use also provide a seat. They are incredibly practical - whether you’re out and about shopping and doing other activities, or undertaking regular things around the home.
Mobility in these times of COVID-19
The advice on the Australian Government’s Department of Health website continues to indicate that:
People aged 70 years and over, people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions, people with compromised immune systems, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50, are at greater risk of more serious illness if they are infected with coronavirus.
On the Department of Health’s website there is a long list of ways for protecting yourself as an older person, and one of the strong messages is to continue to stay at home and avoid contact with others, as well as having home deliveries for groceries and chemist items.
Many seniors are indeed concerned about the virus, and are adhering to these recommendations. This has implications for those who could, pre-COVID-19, go out for social or shopping reasons, or to attend classes such as pilates, tai chi strengthening, and other physical activities. Some may have been able to find alternatives to do in the home via YouTube videos on the computer, tablet or TV; however for many who are perhaps older and/or not very IT savvy, it has likely meant a reduction in both incidental forms of exercise, such as shopping, or purposeful exercise such as classes.
So reduced mobility of seniors may be an unfortunate consequence of the COVID-19 lockdowns that maybe we have overlooked in the need for ensuring safety. A few months of reduced activity can have a negative impact on bone and muscle strength, not to mention the psychological impact of not getting out, where formerly, the person was able to do this.
The KMINA Indoor Rollator – what is so special about it?
Our KMINA rollator won’t change much in the COVID-19 era, but if people have become more immobile due to the circumstances, and have decided or been assessed as needing a walker, then at least within the home, the KMINA will come into its own. As we write this post it is still safer for older people to minimize the time out in the community. The KMINA is specifically designed for indoor use, and contributes to a user’s sense of independence and safety walking around at home. People with conventional outdoor rollators often abandon their use of the rollator indoors, as they can be heavy and wide and difficult to manoeuvre in the home. However our KMINA rollator, at just 54cm in width, is narrow enough to easily get through doorways and around furniture. It has a single handlebar, which is easy to manage and really assists stability, balance and manoeuvrability. There are 5 click-in height adjustment settings, which are easily managed.
Users love this rollator because it weighs only 5.5kgs and it folds and unfolds easily for putting into the boot of the car, or storing in the house when not in use. It has a cable braking system and the brakes can be applied by either hand, or both hands (which is important if the user has one arm or hand which is weak or incapacitated). Another feature that users find really convenient is the flat stable tray top which comes in very handy when preparing food or a drink, and taking it to another room. And of course, the basket helps the user to carry items around the home.
Our quality walker is certified by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and European Conformity (CE). It is designed for people who have moderate to low dependence, who are able to walk with some assistance, but desire more independence around the home.
Please check the Gong Life Care Solutions website, https://gonglcs.com.au/products/kmina-rollator
Australian Government Department of Health, Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for older people https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/advice-for-people-at-risk-of-coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-older-people
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