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Our Lumex and Drive Rollator Reviews
My mom has happily used her Lumex Rollator walker with seat for years. In fact, both my mom and dad have used and appreciated Lumex Rollator walkers with seats for years. When my dad’s Parkinson’s Disease had progressed, his was a true encouragement as it enabled him to keep walking in the malls daily and stay active – so vital for all elderly parents and especially if you have Parkinson’s Disease. Recently, for mom, we’ve added a new rollator to the mix. These wheeled walkers for the elderly have been a big blessing for my family, that’s for sure! Seems like now is a good time for both an update on Lumex and info about Drive rollator reviews from us and others.
Rollator Brake Cables AKA Rollator Wings
As I mentioned, we’ve used the Lumex Rollator walkers for years. They work great, are a good size, and have a comfy seat, which my dad especially appreciated. Especially when we went walking at the mall. Their hand brakes are very useful as they make it easier to get in and out of these rolling walkers elderly parents appreciate without too much wiggling.
That being said, those Lumex rollator brakes do have one major negative. Their rollator brake cables are like giant wings that can often get in the way – especially through doorways. (See photo above) For me, when I’m trundling it from room to room for my elderly mom, that’s not a big deal. But as she is aging, and her body is weakening, using her Lumex rollator for elderly parents has become a bit challenging for just that reason.
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Striving to Prevent Elderly Fall Injuries
Due to medication issues, we went through a rough patch of several falls. When that happened, I moved her simpler Carex folding walker into the bathroom facing the toilet. My hope was that – if she got unsteady, she would have that to grab, along with her raised toilet seat handles.
At the same time, we also adjusted her medication, which DEFINITELY helped decrease her “wobbliness.” She’s not falling a lot right now, but I’ve left the walker there in case that changes.
An Oops That Led to An A-Ha
A couple of times she has come out walking with it, as she now also has developed the sadly common elderly memory problems. In addition, she finds that she likes it better because it doesn’t have those rollator brake cables that look like wings that now frustrate her quite a bit!
Drive Rollators Walkers
I did an in-depth search on the internet and discovered DRIVE rollator walker with seat has “wing-less” rollator walkers for elderly. It’s the Mimi Lite Winnie Walker #510. I found it for a great price on Amazon and ordered it.
Assembling Winnie Walker Rollator by Drive
When I received our order and read the directions I was a bit concerned to read, “This Rollator must always be assembled and fitted for the user by a qualified Drive Medical Authorized dealer. Before using your new Rollator please ensure that your weight is within the weight capacity of this unit.” Oh my! But that was followed by “This Rollator will require very little assembly and the assembly can be completed without tools.” Hmmmm!
I thought it through. Our first rollator walkers with seats were from a local medical supply store that I love. My sweet mom hasn’t changed dramatically in size or stature. And the box was already here. Due to her health and my work, I now try to shop online when buying smaller items as much as possible. Since her older Lumex rollator walker is fairly similar in size and height to the new one, I decided to give the Drive Rollator walkers a try and call Amazon if I couldn’t succeed. I trusted them to take the return if needed.
Then I ran into an even bigger HMMMMMM! “Step 2. Place the open loop of the folding strap over the tube of the backrest assembly!” WHAT?!?!?!?! The folding strap was wrapped around one handle (like with a slip-knot) and SEWN around another handle. And it seemed to work OK. Whatever did they mean!!! Believe it or not, I spent half an hour puzzling over that. I looked for videos on how to assemble this. (The only one I found had the brake cables that look like wings so I knew it was a different model than our Drive Mimi Lite Winnie Walker #510 .) Finally, I called the DRIVE company. I found their phone number, (516) 998-4600, on their Facebook page.
I talked to a very nice representative. Together we puzzled out that the referred-to loop was already attached properly. I’m not sure if Drive changed their processes and hadn’t adjusted their manual OR if it was partially assembled by the Amazon shipping agent but either way, I was HAPPY!
I noticed that step 7, attaching the tote bag, was already done for me as well! Yay!
The other steps went much more smoothly and simply. Happily, I didn’t even need the enclosed Allen wrench – perhaps because so much was already assembled.
Great News for this Winnie Walker Rollator!
Great news! My elderly mom really likes it. Her one complaint – she does miss the hand brakes. It does have brakes on the wheels IF you sit on it. As I mentioned, my dad used to love to sit on his while walking at the mall. So it would work well for him. She rarely sits on hers. But we did use the brakes to keep it steadier for her when getting up from her chair to the wheelchair. Fortunately, she now has a lift chair that works great. She will just need to be a bit more patient to get higher up before using the walker. Easier said than done with elderly memory problems – but as I often tell her, she just needs to share my memory on things like that. 🙂
Works Well and Now Have Spare!
I also decided to hold on to her Lumex Walker. After all, it is a great rollator as well. We popped it into the trunk of my car. Now we’ll always have a walker when out on errands and doctor visits and it’s one less thing to remember and pack. Overall, I’m also very happy with this Mimi Lite Winnie Walker #510! It works well and does NOT have the big flaps of cables on either side, which was exactly what I was looking for.
Drive Rollator Reviews
Because it was the only rolling walkers for elderly that I found like that, I didn’t think to check the rollator walker reviews. But when I was researching the assembly issues, I DID wind up looking at the various Drive rollator reviews at the different sites. I was happy to see that at Amazon, it currently has 21 customer reviews with a 4.1 out of 5 stars. Of those:
- 62% gave it a 5 star
- 19% gave it a 4 star
- 10% gave it a 3 star
- There were no 2 star ratings
- 9% gave it a 1 star
When I looked at the 2 Drive Rollator reviews with 1-star ratings, I discovered one was because they preferred their Rollator brakes be on the handles. The other was because it didn’t collapse in a way that worked for their loved one. In that particular case, I don’t know of other rolling walkers for elderly that collapse differently so that really doesn’t apply. But it was nice of them to share that info for other people with their particular issues.
More Drive Rollator Reviews
Another website I visited had 3 reviews about the Mimi Lite Winnie Walker #510. All the reviews about these Drive rollators walkers were excellent! Very encouraging indeed!
Good Drive Rollators Walkers News All Around
So all in all – our new Winnie Walker Rollator has good Drive Rollator reviews from others AND from me. If I had to choose between the two, I’d probably go with the Lumex because I do use the hand brakes. BUT if you can skip the hand brake (or NEED to, like us), the DRIVE is an excellent option and it is definitely much less stressful not to have those “wings” that run into doors, furniture, etc. Which makes it especially handy for smaller homes, apartments, doorways, etc.!
P.S. Be sure to check carefully if you are buying a rollator without the “wings.” The Drive brand DOES have the brake cables as well – as you can see by clicking the photo below. But if you want the no brake cables version – click here. 🙂
P.P.S. More Drive Rollators With Seats
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