If It Helps You Use Your Walker More, Storage Is Worth the Investment
A study from Oxford Academic found that 75 percent of people prescribed a walker or cane who fell at home were not utilizing their device at the time of their fall.
The reasons given for non-use of their walker or cane included believing they did not need it, feeling old because of the device, and their given walker being inaccessible. It’s vital to keep your walker nearby at all times and, if required, have a device such as a cane or a sofa handle available, as well.
What to Look for in Walker Accessories
Look for highly rated reviews in any product you buy online. There will always be at least some negative ratings, but if the vast majority are positive, you are most likely picking an excellent product. A tray should be sturdy, have a non-slip surface for items like plates, and attach to the size of your walker correctly. Some bariatric walkers will need universal-fit accessories or specially made trays.
Make sure to measure your device to double check the size before you pick a tray or tote.
Tips for Keeping Your Walker Tray or Basket Clean
Spills happen everywhere—tables, restaurants, in kitchens, and on patios—so, it’s inevitable that occasional spills will occur on your walker tray, if you ever use it for food and drinks. When these messes aren’t cleaned, they can attract pests such as ant and cockroaches.
Not to mention it poses health risks to you to be in contact with surfaces that are never cleaned.
Cleaning Is a Two-Step Process
Even if you don’t encounter a spill on your tray or in your walker basket or walker tote, germs will accumulate from coming in contact with your hands, objects like keys, books or magazines, tablets or e-readers that are touched all the time, and any other number of items that can transfer organisms from one place to another.
If you have a standard tray, fold-down tray, or basket, occasionally cleaning with soap and water will remove residues and any dirt buildup. Part two is sanitizing once the soil is removed. You can use a disinfectant spray, a water and vinegar mixture, or disinfectant wipes to disinfect your walker tray or basket.
Cleaning Walker Totes and Bags
For an item such as the water-resistant walker tote, it’s still important to occasionally clean it, especially during cold and flu season.
A wash with a diluted mild detergent can clean your tote for you. If you’re concerned about it losing its water-resistance or would like more waterproofing, you can always consider a Scotchgard type of spray appropriate for clothing and upholstery fabrics to enhance its moisture resistance.
Use Caution with Walker Balance
Whenever using a walker tray or basket, first be sure to test out its weight capabilities and if it has any issues with balance. If you place too many objects on one side, for example, see if your walker becomes unsteady or starts to lean forward. Do this with the help of someone or while in a safe location where you will not fall with the walker if it does happen to topple over.
When in Doubt, Submit a Question
Always follow the weight capacity limits labeled on your walker tray or bag. Sites such as Amazon usually offer plenty of questions and answers next to the reviews section if there is a specific item you’re curious about carrying. Some customers provide helpful answers to questions over whether a basket will handle bottles of a particular weight, if they can handle oxygen tanks of specific sizes, and even if a tote will hold toy-sized dogs.
If you just cannot seem to find the answer in the information section, and no one has asked about your specific question, ask away! You can submit a query for any walker product, and usually helpful people will respond to the best of their knowledge or from their first-hand experience with the product.
If You Want the Most Basic Tray
If you’re still not sure what you need for your walker, we recommend starting with the Yunga tray if it fits your device measurements, as it’s affordable and an excellent walker tray-top for basic use. With the variety of colors, you’re bound to find one you like.