- Check the brake pads regularly for signs of wear and tear. If they look thin, it’s probably time to replace them. Brakes are an important feature on your rollator. Poor or failing brakes can lead to falls.
- Make sure the wheels are properly aligned and balanced to avoid uneven wear on the tires. Notice chunks missing from the tires? It may be time for a replacement tire or two. Damaged tires can compromise your device’s traction and stability.
- Air filled tires? Check tire pressure regularly and make sure it’s at the manufacturer’s recommended level. Low tire pressure can cause uneven wear and tear and lead to unexpected flats.
- If your rollator tires have tread, check tread depth. A bald rollator tire, similar to a bald vehicle tire, compromises safety by decreasing traction and slip resistance.
Check for loose screws on your seat and frame. Loose screws on a rollator can be a safety hazard and cause the device to malfunction. It’s important to check for loose screws regularly to ensure that the rollator is functioning properly.
- Check all screws, including those on the frame, handles, and wheels.
- Tighten any loose screws using the appropriate tool.
- If a screw is missing or stripped, replace it with the same size and type of screw.
- Inspect the rollator for any other signs of wear and tear, such as cracks in the frame or worn-out tires.
Keep the rollator clean and dry to prevent rust and damage.
- Wipe down the rollator with a damp cloth after each use to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated.
Store the rollator in a safe and dry place when not in use.
- Make sure the storage area is dry and free from moisture. This will help prevent rust and other damage to the rollator’s frame and components.
- Keep the rollator away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Exposure to heat and UV rays can cause the rollator’s materials to deteriorate more quickly.
- If possible, store the rollator indoors. This will provide an extra layer of protection against the elements.
- Consider covering the rollator with a breathable fabric or tarp to keep dust and debris from accumulating on the frame and components.
- Before storing the rollator, give it a quick once-over to make sure everything is in good working order. Check the brakes, wipe any debris from the wheels, and other components to ensure they’re clean, lubricated, and functioning properly.
Avoid overloading the rollator beyond its weight capacity. Capacities were established based on product and component testing. Improper weights can lead to increased wear, decreased safety, and voiding any warranties.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance and repair.
- Make sure to read the instructions carefully before attempting any repairs or maintenance tasks.
- If you’re unsure about how to perform a particular task, talk to an expert first. My Mobility offers free tune-ups, along with equipment diagnostic.
- Regular maintenance can help prevent more serious issues from arising down the line, so it’s worth taking the time to stay on top of things.
- Keep all manuals and documentation in a safe, easily accessible place so you can refer to them as needed.
- Consider setting up a schedule for regular maintenance tasks so you don’t forget or fall behind. This can help prolong the life of your equipment and ensure it’s operating at peak performance levels.
Remember, proper maintenance can help prolong the life of your rollator and ensure its safe and reliable use. By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your rollator stays in good condition and continues to provide you with the support and mobility you need.My Mobility offers free tune-ups for rollators and other ambulatory aid devices. We’re happy to help trouble shoot issues and address any questions or concern you have about your rollator. Needing rollator repair? Our Repairs service will get you back up and running in no time.