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Any advice on using a rollator to carry oxygen please?

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My husband has IPF, and has just been given ambulatory oxygen, but isn't stable or strong enough to use the backpack. We were thinking about getting a lightweight three wheeled rollator and using the shopping bag to carry the cylinder. The supplier has been unable to advise us. I'm new here, and will be grateful for your thoughts.

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Just wanting to welcome you Spherical. I’m sure someone will be along to help with your query. I care for my husband Pete who has COPD and sarcoidosis but doesn’t need oxygen as yet. Xxx

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Spherical in reply to sassy59

Thank you for the welcome!

I got this rollator from Amazon” Trustcare Let's Fly Out Rollator, Red” Wasn’t cheapest but am delighted with it and is very stable. Some of the 3 wheeled ones are not so stable and if there are issues with stability anyway.

I also purchased a bag from the company that attaches to the rollator which should carry the cylinder.

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Spherical in reply to Bevvy

Thank you Bevvy. I'll look at that type of rollator, and take your point about stability. He's lost so much muscle mass we thought a lightweight one might be easier to manoeuvre, but you obviously manage yours OK.

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Bevvy in reply to Spherical

Even with 4 wheels mine is extremely light which means not too heavy to push or 2 heavy to put in car.The other thing I like about it is that there are no untidy break cables that can catch on things. They are neatly inside the frame.

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Spherical in reply to Bevvy

Thanks Bevvy. I appreciate your advice.

I bought a three wheel rollator this summer and found that although my ambulatory cylinder is taller than the bag it sits in quite safely. It was a tremendous help to me for getting out for a walk as I too found the bag too heavy to carry. I found holding onto something while walking very helpful too.

I bought mine from the Complete Care Shop on line. They have a selection at very reasonable prices.

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Spherical in reply to CDPO16

Thank you for your reply. I have looked at the range available from Complete Care. My concern was that the bag may not be strong enough for the cylinder, as it's detachable with popper fastenings and no weight limit suggested. Encouraging your cylinder hasn't landed on the pavement yet! Which rollator did you purchase?

I have had three four wheeled rollators over the years all with a bag n which I have managed to slip my oxygen cylinder into. Obviously not made for this as meant for a few items of shopping and although not that deep I have always found they have taken the cylinder without any problems at all. I have never had the fastenings give way under the weight nor the oxygen bottle tip out so you should be fine. Best wishes Ruth

Thank you for your reply. Much appreciated.

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CDPO16 in reply to Spherical

Hi, I bought the NRS 3 Wheel Rollator. The bag is quite strong and using it to hold the oxygen cylinder hasn't been a problem so far.

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Spherical in reply to CDPO16

Thank you. Very helpful.

Hi I'm on ambligatury oxygen and I use a 4 wheeler rollator to carry my oxygen every where we go plus its more stable and you can get out of the house and enjoy yourself Been doing it for the last 8 years

Thank you. I'm hoping my husband will be able to walk further without struggling.

That is what I use. It’s an ideal way of carrying it, there is no way I could carry that around with me without it. Xxx

Thank you for your reply.

Hi, I use a three wheeled rollator and my cylinders fit ok in the bag attached to it. Mine wasn't particularly expensive and does just fine.

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Spherical in reply to Maggity

Thank you for your reply. I've had so many helpful responses.

Hi, I use a 4 wheeled rollator and it is absolutely fine. John

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Spherical in reply to johnderby

Thank you. Much appreciated.

Hi Spherical, I weigh next to nothing and the 2 litre oxygen cylinder is far too heavy for me to carry. I even struggle with the i-litre paediactric.. I bought a GIMI 2-wheeled shopping trolley which I use all the time. Obviously it has no seat so if you do need to rest from time to time when you're out and about, then a rollator would be better. The physio dept of your local hospital may well provide you with one free of charge. Blessings, Christina

Thank you for your reply. Much appreciated.

I bought a Prestige shopper/walker, 4 wheels with a seat and my son attached two hooks to the handle that I use to hang my oxygen bag. It folds flat when not in use and is very steady.

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Spherical in reply to Tykelady

Thank you for your reply. Much appreciated.

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Just a quick welcome to the site. Have a good day and take care 😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxx

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Spherical in reply to Damon1864

Thank you for your welcome. I'm very grateful for all the advice I'm receiving.

I'm very grateful for all your replies. We will order a three wheeled rollator and see. My next task will be persuading him to use it! Best wishes to you all.

I have a 4 wheeled rollator I’m a bit naughty and put the oxygen cylinder in its bag and then put it over the handles. I’m not sure it’s the safest way to do it but suits me, I keep the rollator bag free for shopping. I thought for a long time before I got my rollator but it has given me back some freedom even if only to get to local shops

Love and hugs

J

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Spherical in reply to judes

Thank you. I did wonder about hanging it over the handles! We shall experiment when it arrives.

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