Cathie's Corner - best shopping trolley


Best folding shopping trolley for mobility and independence

Modern, built for purpose Shopping trolleys are so much more than a way to get the shopping home.

Click here to jump to WeGo shopping trolley, Playcare shopping trolley, or Sholley Trolley.


Why a shopping trolley is good for your health and independence!

A shopping trolley is an accessory for daily life with the fabulous feature of enabling/encouraging you to walk more and get outdoors allowing you to benefit from feel good endorphins released through physical exercise while getting some Vitamin D which, by the way, is broadly recognised as good for bone strength and immune system support.

 

Maintaining and building walking strength is one of the best protections for our general health and independence. Getting out and walking within your abilities (starting out gently if you haven’t done a lot of walking recently) will give you a physical, mood, and social boost too. Just being out and amongst people again, after the last year where many of us were spending prolonged periods at home, can feel a bit odd. If you’re not yet back into the swing of it, heading out each day to the shops could be the start of your re-engagement with the community. If you have a friend nearby, why not encourage them to join you on a trolley shopping trip so you can enjoy the benefits together!

 

These days there is a great range of shopping trolleys to suit all abilities and needs, so have a look below and choose your favourite walking buddy.

 

The WeGo Shopping Trolley

from Barcelona

WeGo Shopping Trolley in use and folded

Features:

  • This stylish trolley is pushed in front of the body so you can stand upright and avoid 'twisting' as you walk.
  • Can be steered with one hand if using a walking stick, or if one arm is out of action.
  • Carries a load of 23kgs, low push resistance, easy stopping.
  • Front swivel wheels enable manouverability and fixed directional back wheels allow wheeling without knee, hip, shoulder, or arm strain.
  • Height of the basket enables low strain and is easy to load/unload.
  • Easy to fold and only 4.5kg to put in the car.
  • Removeable inner bag for washing, handy pocket, waterproof rain cover, adjustable handle, made from durable anodised aluminium.
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Carrying basket measures 68.5cm x 46cm
  • Useful for shopping, carrying washing or other items in the house, and for transporting items from home to work.
Who is WeGo for?

 

  • WeGo is for you if you want a lightweight, easy to wheel, manoeuvrable trolley that folds easily (like a pram) to carry your shopping, washing, or other things.
  • This is a great choice if you’re just needing a good looking stylish carrying solution and you don’t need any walking support from the trolley itself since you cannot lean on the handle of this one – but you can with the next 2 choices if that is what you need.
    For people who require a discreet walking aid, we recommend the Playcare or Sholley Trolley below instead.

 

Playmarket WeGo

 

WeGo Shopping Trolley

Available in Grey or 'Jeans' (denim blue)

$180

 

 Playcare Shopping Trolley

from Barcelona

Playcare shopping trolley in use and folded

Who doesn't love a trip to the markets on the weekend? These PlayCare trolleys, also designed in Spain, are created to offer stability, support and comfort without sacrificing manoeuvrability - perfect for a day out shopping, or just making your regular grocery trip that little bit easier.

 

This is a great trolley for anyone to take shopping and, for those who need it, both the Playcare and the Sholley Trolley encourage walking by providing discreet walking support too. If you are using a walking aid for support when out and about, one of these trolleys may be adequate to provide support and enable good carrying capacity at the same time.

We recommend that you discuss the degree of walking support required with your health professional and ensure that the trolley you choose is suitible for your mobility and safety needs.

 

Features:

  • A double level bag with an easily accessible top level, allowing loading and unloading the trolley without having to bend over.
  • A lower bag accessed by a zip cover from the front. Note: The top level bag base can be removed to allow full use of the storage space for larger items if required.
  • A height adjustable ergonomic handlebar ensures correct height and good posture.
  • Compact folding for ease of transport or storage when not in use.
Who is Playcare for?

 

  • Suitable for everyone, including people feeling they need some walking support (review by health professional is recommended).
  • The PlayCare trolley provides the most walking support of all the trolleys in our range.
  • The position of the handle creates a centre of gravity which is able to support a 'lean' when walking.
  • Great stable trolley with good carrying capacity. This trolley is far more than a standard shopping trolley, it doubles as a stylish and supportive walking aid.

 

Playcare trolley

Playcare Shopping Trolley

Available in Navy or Dark Grey

$199

 

The Sholley Trolley

an institution in England for over 80 years and now available in Australia!

Sholley Trolley in use and folded

A highly popular and more traditional looking shopping trolley with great holding capacity. Carries up to 40kg - can be used when walking to the shops, or fold it flat and drive to the shops then use it to carry shopping around the shopping centre and back to the car without strain.

Features:

  • Pushed in front of the body to maintain upright positioning, can also be steered with one hand if using a walking stick.
  • The trolley provides some walking support, however greater support can be added with the handle reversed so it is more directly over the body of the walker.
  • Carries a good volume of groceries, low push resistance, with easy stopping.
  • Foot operated 'parking brakes' on rear wheels
  • Front swivel wheels enable manouverability and fixed directional back wheels allow wheeling without knee, hip, shoulder, or arm strain.
  • Basket insert available to reduce basket depth, and carry fragile items.
  • Easy to fold, folds flat to put in the car, can use to carry items into house too.
  • Easily wiped clean fabric, handy pockets, waterproof rain cover, adjustable handle, made from durable anodised aluminium.
  • Designed to be 'tip resistant'- some people use it as a walking support substitute.
  • No back axle to trip over.
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Who is Sholley Trolley for?

 

  • Suitable for everyone, including people feeling they need some walking support (review by health professional is recommended).
  • Support is further increased by fitting the handle in the reversed position to move the centre of gravity further over the basket.
  • Support will be greater with the trolley loaded with items rather than empty.

 

Sholley Trolley

Available in Mayfair or Mulberry

$299

 

Leef stocks all of these popular brands of Shopping Trolleys, plus a large range of rollators, walkers, and frames too.

 

We have many personalised solutions for specific challenges and concerns so don’t hesitate to reach out to our Team at your nearest Leef Independent Living Solutions store and let us help you to find the best solution for you.

 

- Cathie

 

 

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