After you have mastered the use of your basic walker, you may be thinking about ways to customize the equipment for easier use and convenience. If so, consider using one of the three following inexpensive ways to make your walker your own.
Put Tennis Balls On The Feet To Make It Glide Easier
Since you have a basic walker, you probably only have rubber stoppers on the feet, making you have to pick it up as you walk along to avoid snagging it. If you would like to be able to occasionally glide the walker along and save your arms, putting tennis balls on the ends will do the trick.
The tough exterior of the tennis balls makes them durable enough to withstand your weight, while the thin, fuzzy coating make them glide along smoothly. You will need four tennis balls, a tape measure, a pen, a utility knife, and a roll of masking tape to add them to your walker's feet.
Measure the diameter of one foot bottom with the tape measure. Then, use the pen to make a cross on the top of each tennis ball. Cut the lines with a utility knife.
Push a tennis ball onto each foot until the end of the foot is flush with the bottom of the tennis ball. Make sure the four corners are up around the bar so they can be secured with the masking tape.
Tie A Pencil Bag To The Front Stabilizer Bar For Storage
If you would like a place to store small items while you are using your walker, tying a pencil bag to the front stabilizer bar gives you an easy option. The pencil bag has a zipper to secure your items and is light enough not to be bulky. For larger items, however, you may want to talk to your medical aid supplier about a basket attachment.
To attach the pencil bag to your walker, you will need a bag with three binder holes. Try to find one where the zipper is next to the holes so you can easily access the contents from the top without danger of having everything spill out onto the floor.
You will also need a way to tie it on to the bar. While yarn or twine will work, zip ties are the least likely to break or come apart while you are walking. They can be found in hardware and department stores.
Run your yarn or ties through each of the binder holes. Then, tightly attach it to the bar. Your new carrier is ready for use.
Duct Tape A Cup Holder To The Side Leg Bar
While you are using the walker, you may find it difficult to drink as you walk along. If you would like a convenient way to store your drink, attach a cup holder to one of the side leg bars using duct tape. The tape is strong enough to hold the holder and your cup in place.
For this project, you will need a plastic cup holder and a roll of duct tape. Because the tape comes in different colors and designs, choose one that best suits your personality and style.
Decide on where you would like to place your cup holder. Choose a spot that is easy for you to reach. Once this is done, place it flush against the bar and wrap the duct tape around the holder. For extra security, wrap two layers along the entire length.
The above three suggestions will help get you started on customizing your walker. However, if you want more ideas or would feel better using accessories from the walker's manufacturer, you may want to talk to your mobility aid supplier to discuss any options available to you.
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