Using a Walker

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Make your walker help you with more than walking. Here are some great tips for how to add padding, attach a bag to carry items, and even how to add a meal tray to your walker.
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November 13, 2012

My wife is going through rehab for a brain tumor and has to use a walker around the house. To feed her, I found a shelving board out in our garage and I put this board through her walker on the braces for a makeshift table to put her food and drink while she is sitting down.

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January 23, 20140 found this helpful
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Get a roll of that spongy shelf liner from the dollar store to put on the board. It will keep the plate from sliding. Just toss in washer to çlean it. I did this when my mom had a stroke.

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My mom was having a hard time using her walker and trying to clean up the house. Using shower hooks, I hooked a bag on there so she could pick things up on her way through the house.

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Then she can sit down to sort it all out.

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You can make a small slit in a tennis ball and put them on the tips of walkers. Often, walkers can catch on carpeting, especially in offices or homes that the users aren't familiar with. Tennis balls tend to slide/glide across the carpeting, and insulate the walker from static cling in the process. On smooth surfaces, they keep the tip from marking the floors and accidentally slipping out from under the user.

By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR

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I would like to have a crochet pattern from the book Annie's Attic: Wheelchair Afghans and Bags. Its the walker bag made with granny squares. Please help me. Thank you so much.

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By Jean Hayes from NC

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August 12, 20090 found this helpful
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Actually, granny squares are basically similar. If you just get nice instructions for a granny square motif, one that you understand and can handle, all you do is make 'em until you have enough for the size you're looking at and sew them together. Usually, if you do a search granny squares you'll get lots of free patterns on the interent. Improvise is fun too. For a bag just lay the G.S. out on the table and sew as many together as you need for the size you want. Sew together and crochet on handles. You're set to go.

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August 12, 20090 found this helpful
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I took a look at her site (& I'm a fairly advanced crocheter) & it looks like her patterns are fairly easy to figure out if you're at least an intermediate crocheter. I can't find the exact pattern you described, but from looking at the photo (below) & changing it somewhat.

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HERE'S HOW I'D MAKE ONE:
1) I'd make 24 granny squares that are each 4 inches square.

2) Crochet squares together in the following pattern: Line them up so you'd have 3
squares wide x 4 squares high (equals 12 squares per side)... Then Slip-stitch or sew then together.

3) After the granny squares are slip-stitched or sewn together then sew or slip-stitch the fronts & the back together at the sides & the bottom (as if you were making a pillow that was open at one side).

4) On the top, finish it by crocheting once or twice around the top in single crochet in a matching color

5) At the each side of the top (as if it were a purse) crochet loops. (look at the picture below & where there's handles, instead crochet loops instead) ...In each of these loops put in a shower curtain ring in a matching color of clear plastic. Use these shower curtain rings to attach it to your walker or to your wheelchair.

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* These shower curtain rings are a much better way to attach this "walker-purse" than actually tying it on because the ties won't come undone or get caught on anything. You can also use metal binder rings from the office store to attach it or simply crochet 2 chains, each about a foot long & use these to tie your walker-purse on to your walker or wheelchair. You can always find shower curtain rings at any Dollar Store or at a Thrift Shop.

* To learn how to make a granny square simply Google "free granny square pattern" & you'll find dozens of different ones!

---> Let me know how your piece turns out!

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I am looking for rentals of walkers in San Francisco from surgical supply services. Any information?

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Miriam from Southbury, CT

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By gail (Guest Post)
March 11, 20070 found this helpful

Try the goodwill or thrift shop. They always have a lot of walkers. Probably cheaper than renting.

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By Miriam Null (Guest Post)
March 12, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks for this very good idea. I had thought of looking on ebay--

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By Jean in GA (Guest Post)
March 12, 20070 found this helpful

The Goodwill, thrift shops and yard sales are always cheaper. If you are on Medicare, usually they pay for the rent. But, once you are dismissed from your doctor from using a walker, the surgical supply service gets the walker back.

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For me it was just easier to buy a used walker from a second hand store, I think I paid $3.00 for it. We still have the walker in the basement saved for someone else to use or borrow. Good luck and I hope you find a good cheap one.

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By anbs from WA (Guest Post)
March 12, 20070 found this helpful

Hi,
Have you tried Craig"s List. Not sure if I spelled it right, but they are on internet & one can be located for your area. Usually if you post a need
there is someone wanting to help in that area or someone who has what
you need. I agree with the other gals. Thrift stores/garage sales are
a really great place to check. Salvation Army would be good to check also. Good luck.

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By rae ann (Guest Post)
March 12, 20070 found this helpful

Our local thrift store has walkers. I am sure you could find one there as children of the elderly who used them give them away.

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By Rose Mary (Guest Post)
March 12, 20070 found this helpful

Check with your senior citizen center. Ours lets us use theirs for free. They have walkers,canes, etc.

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March 13, 20070 found this helpful

many thanks to all you kind people who gave me excellent suggestions how to find a walker to rent for my use at my daughter's home. I will retain this informatin for future use.

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March 14, 20070 found this helpful

If none of these resources help - try contacting the local Lions Club in that area. You can find the local clubs by checking http://www.lionsclubs.org, and many of them have medical loan closets that let you borrow equipment for free, or a donation at your discretion.

Have a great visit!

Editor's Note: Another place that I don't think has been mentioned is your local Freecycle group. To find one in your area go to: http://www.freecycle.org

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By miriamne (Guest Post)
December 9, 20070 found this helpful

Many thanks for all who gave me excellent tips on locating a used walker for temporary use. The issue is now moot; I have a walker availabe at my daughter's home. Miriam Null

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July 15, 2013

This is a page about adding padding to walker grips. Putting some padding on the grips of a walker can help to make using it more comfortable.

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