A rollator is a mechanical walker that permits individuals who would normally have trouble walking to get around to various places. Included in the design for added safety and convenience are brakes to ensure the rollator does not keep moving when the individual wishes to stop. To ensure that the brakes work correctly, there is some maintenance that needs to be done on a routine basis. Read the instruction manual before performing any maintenance on the machine.
Anytime before using the rollator, test the brakes to make sure that they work. Keep the brakes locked when you are sitting in the seat. While the rollator is not moving, lock the hand brakes. Keep updated on news concerning regulations about the brakes.
Check the brakes and look over the cables for frays and various visible types of damage. If you notice damage, have the rollator taken in for repairs and replace the rollator cable. These cables can be purchased through the dealership, hardware store and online. Test the other parts to see that they are working correctly.
Sometimes the brakes need adjustments to work properly. To check the brakes, pull up on the handles, which will bring the rollator to a halt. Push down to lock the wheels into place.
If there are troubles with the reaction time of the brakes, use a 10mm wrench to adjust them. Hold the cable-housing nut and tighten the other 10mm with the wrench. This will increase the tension and make the brakes stop the device faster. Loosen the bolt in the case that you need to decrease the tension to give a smoother stop. When you are finished, the brake cables must be flush with the legs of the device. Any excess brake cable should be looped out of the front of the machine. Test the brakes. They should stop at a comfortable pace for you.
Keep the device clean so that the parts will not deteriorate quickly. Use a cloth and mild detergent, hose or a pressure washer to do so. Check the nuts, screws and bolts for their tightness on a regular basis and make adjustments whenever needed.
The brakes must be suitable for each specific use according to the height and weight. If more than one person is using the same machine, adjustments should be made accordingly. If the height of the machine is changed, test the brakes before using. If the brakes fail to lock into place, do not use the device as it is not considered safe. Have it returned to the dealership for maintenance. Check the warranty or guarantee before having other dealerships provide maintenance as it could void whatever warranties or guarantees that were placed on the device while purchasing.