[This post is an AD in collaboration with Fenetic Wellbeing and contains a gifted item – Lightweight Rollator* denoted with *]
When The Em Edit got in touch asking me if I would like to take part in a Christmas campaign for Fenetic Wellbeing to test their new *Lightweight Rollator, I did think for a minute if it was a mobility aid I thought I would use.
Cynthia at The Disabled Diva’s Blog explains about the preconceptions of dealing with having to use a mobility aid.
However, it would mean I had the opportunity to spend time with my amazing friend, who knows how much I struggle to get about and do everyday things others take for granted, so how could I say no.
From the moment I met Em, I knew we would be friends because she took time out of her busy day to ask how I was. No consideration for the fact she had just finished a day on the catwalk at the Curve Fashion Festival, but most of all she saw me not the wheelchair!
Setting up for first use
The lightweight rollator* arrived two days later in an enormous box, thankfully, tipping it on a side meant the rollator was very easy to slide out and remove from its packaging.
It does arrive already assembled, so, once out of the box, in essence, you could just trot off with it, but, on reading the instructions there were a few different adjustments I could make to personalise it for me.
Starting with the backrest which you can adjust to move further back with a Phillips screwdriver, the handle height is also adjustable, though I couldn’t quite work out how to adjust it.
A quick check on Fenetic Wellbeing’s website brought a chatbox up and within minutes I had received the instructions on how to adjust the handle height, which is easy when you know how!
Unscrew the butterfly screw and while pulling it towards you lift the handle up and down, the screw sits in one of the holes, once you have the correct height, turn the butterfly screw to tighten it back up.
Once it was all assembled with the backrest moved, the height of the handles adjusted and the walking stick holder attached I set off to meet Em.
This rollator is very lightweight, weighing in at less than 6kg it folds flat for easy transportation so once lifted into the boot it fit easily stood on its side.
On arrival, the rollator was lifted out of the car and with one hand opened up, we were on our way.
Testing the lightweight rollator*
Due to how light the rollator is, I managed to lift it up and down kerbs with ease, which saved me having to look for a dropped kerb.
When walking I was really impressed with how smooth the lightweight rollator* performed, it has solid puncture-proof wheels and it took to the pavements with ease, it even dealt with travelling over the cobbles outside of Trinity Market.
But the beauty of this rollator is it has a seat which means because I am unable to walk very far due to balance issues, I can sit down as often as I like.
Em has a post here on how the rest of our day went.
Would I recommend the lightweight rollator*?Having shied away from rollators due to yes, embarrassment in the past, they are for old people, right? Click To Tweet
Wrong, this rollator is allowing me to do things I wouldn’t have been able to do before, it enabled me to walk around Trinity Market and also to see the wonderful Christmas trees on display in Hull Minster, I couldn’t have walked around with my walking stick but the rollator allowed me to sit every few steps and take in my surroundings.
It is perfect for those times when a walking stick isn’t enough and for spaces, you can’t always get in with a powerchair. (As an example, I used it the following evening for a night out at a pub with steps.)
But hey, best of all it has a removable bag, which has plenty of room for my wine and nibbles when I walk to our community hall of an evening.
Thank you so much Fenetic Wellbeing and Em, this lightweight rollator* has made such a difference to my life and what I can do already and once the weather warms up there will be no stopping me.
If you would like to purchase the Lightweight Rollator* – the lightest in the UK to make your life a little easier you can do so here. (Ex Vat available – subject to terms and conditions).
**The lightweight rollator* was kindly gifted to me by Fenetic Wellbeing, all views and thoughts, however, are my own.