Walker and Mobility Accessories: Style and Function on the Go!

Have you ever had trouble carrying things while out with your walker? Have you ever had trouble locating your mobility device after you are finished eating at a restaurant? Many challenges can arise when you have an active life style that regularly requires use of a walker, rollator or other mobility device. Some of these problems can be easily solved—It’s as simple as personalizing your mobility aid anyway you like!

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Extra Cargo Space

One of the biggest challenges patients face while using mobility aids is carrying a lot of things. Whether you’re going grocery shopping or simply trying to get a load of laundry done, everyday chores can become a pain. There are several cheap and easy solutions that can make your day much, much easier.

Standard walkers have no carrying space or flat surfaces so it is nearly impossible to carry things while you are using one. Fortunately, nearly every manufacturer has a tray available that fits right on the top of standard walkers to give you plenty of carrying space. Whether you are serving food or bringing in the mail, a walker tray gives you plenty of space to carry whatever you need.

Rollators have seats that can be used for carrying, however, when you’re out on the go you might run out of space in the under-seat basket. Luckily carrying and travel bags are available for both rollators and standard walkers. Bags come in many distinctive styles that allow you to carry several types of items. Some have many small compartments, perfect for arts and crafts, while others have large pouches that are great for shopping.

There are even options for wheelchairs that allow for patients to carry extra things. Products that give wheelchair users more carrying space include a tray that straps on over the arms, a zipper bag that goes on the wheel and even a strapped bag that will hang off the handles in back.

Finding Your Mobility Aid

A big challenge for many walker and wheelchair users is finding their device when it is put in storage for a flight, dinner party or other social occasion where the device is not needed. A terrific way to quickly locate your mobility device is to give it some flair—whether it’s a color or pattern, we can get you something that will make locating your device a piece of cake.

Rollators are the easiest item to ‘personalize.’ Rollators come in many different colors and styles, and simply picking one that is unique while still fitting your size needs can go a long way. A sky-blue rollator will stand out in a crowd of traditional black and red ones, and will make finding your walker a cinch after dinner. Standard walkers are also available in assorted colors and some even come with different patterns making them very easy to find when you are ready to get moving.

Wheelchairs come in less colors and styles than walkers or rollators, but you can still personalize them by adding your own accessories. Many of the bags and trays mentioned earlier also come in unique styles and color schemes, allowing you to truly personalize your chair. Seat covers and cushions are also a fantastic way to incorporate your own style into enhancing the visibility of your chair.

On the Go

Have you ever wanted a cup holder for your rollator? How about a flashlight for your wheelchair for those nightly walks? There are a ton of optional accessories that can make traveling more comfortably a reality.

Standard walkers can be slow. Most people suggest putting tennis balls on the back tips to make the walker glide. Don’t do this! Tennis balls are germ magnets that wear through quickly. Instead, think about picking up some walker glides or, better yet, walker skis. Walker skis not only make your walker roll more smoothly, they also have angled tips to make getting over thresholds a breeze.

Accessories for standard walkers rollators, and wheelchairs can even be interchangeable. Cup holders, cane holsters, flashlights—most of these accessories are made to fit the piping that composes most mobility devices. Padding is available for grips, including Velcro fleece sleeves, which will fit around any handle or armrest!

This is only the beginning of what you can do to make using your mobility aid easier on a daily basis. Some patients put stickers on their walkers, others will get a paint job for their wheelchair. There is no limit to what you can do to make using your mobility aid more functional, and, more fun!

Written by Alex Anderson

Alex is the current general manager at Oswald's Pharmacy. A 6th generation member of the Wickel-Oswald-Kester-Anderson family, Alex focuses on innovation and taking the business into the future. With 7 years of working for Whole Foods Market as a Marketing & Community Relations Specialist, Healthy Eating Specialist, and Private Events Coordinator, Alex has a unique perspective on big and small businesses. Alex is currently President of the Independent Medical Retailers group, an active volunteer in the Naperville Jaycees and member of the NCTV17 Marketing Committee. Alex graduated with a BA degree from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. Alex has spent most of his life in Naperville and Chicago. He currently lives in Naperville with his wife and 2 children (Oswald's 7th Generation!)

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