Once you’ve figured out the best mobility device for you, you’ll be happy to learn that there is a wide range of walker accessories available to personalize your rollator and make it as unique as you are.
These accessories offer both function and safety and allow you to make the best use of your new mobility aid. Some of these accessories are a standard feature with a particular type or brand of rollator, while others offer you some customization.
Without the necessary walker accessories, your rollator is essentially like a cake without sugar. Choosing the right accessories to personalize your rollator will accentuate its basic function and make life so much easier.
Rollator Walker Brakes
Rollator walkers come with the brake system in place best suited to the type and action of the rollator. There are a number of different types of brake systems, some will suit you better than the others. The brakes on your rollator help you stay in control and should be quick and easy to engage. We will go through some of the different brake types here to understand how the different types work.
1. Push-down brakes feature a spring-loaded frame and are engaged by the application of downward pressure. This type of brake is the easiest to operate because simply leaning on the frame interrupts rolling of the rear wheels and halts movement. However, push-down brakes may require enough strength such that frail or petite users cannot operate them.
2. Cable loop brakes resemble those on bicycles. These brakes engage when the brake levers are squeezed simultaneously with both hands. Although they are more stable, cable loop brakes must be used carefully in light of their instant braking action.
3. Locking brakes are a must have feature on any wheeled mobility device with a seat. These enable the brake to be locked so that constant pressure or grip does not need to be maintained to keep the rollator from sliding away when the user is seated.
4. Slow-down brakes are essential if you intend to use your rollator on hilly terrain. These brakes control the rollator on inclined surfaces by increasing the tension in the wheels to prevent the device from getting away or gathering too much speed.
5. Single-hand brakes are suitable for people with one side much stronger than the opposite (such as following a stroke), and they allow the user to engage the brake with one hand.
Rollator handle Grips
The handles are where the user grips the rollator. Some models are adjustable and allow the user to select the height and angle of the handles.
Wedge-shaped hand grips are ergonomically designed to be gentle on your hands and wrists and accommodate all hand positions and hand sizes.
For people who are above-average height, some rollators feature tall handle models to prevent strain on the neck and back from leaning forward at an awkward angle. In general, it is always better to purchase a rollator with a handle and grip that is individually adaptable.
People with post-stroke weakness may find special hemiplegic handles permit them to better control their rollator. Anatomical handles are available to alleviate stress and strain on the wrist.
Pouches, Tote Bags, and Baskets
Whether you’re out and about or you’re using your rollator indoors, one essential walker accessory is a pouch, tote bag, or basket, to allow you carry things and remain hands-free. This is not only a convenient way to carry your belongings, but enhances your safety by allowing you to grip the rollator securely.
If you routinely need to fold your rollator for storage or transport, a tote bag might be the more appropriate accessory for you because a basket often needs to be removed from the device before it can be folded. If your needs are limited, a pouch or side caddy may suffice.
However, if you have substantial things to carry with you, an under-seat shopping bag or wired basket may just do the trick. Backpack-style front bags with zippers and pockets are also available to personalise your rollator and greatly increase storage space. Durable vinyl folding walker bags featuring Velcro straps can be easily attached and removed from your rollator frame.
When choosing the storage walker accessory for your rollator, assess your individual needs and choose the one that is easy to access, easy to clean, and fastens securely onto the device.
Cane, Fishing Pole, and Umbrella Holders
It’s quite likely that you will need a cane to complement your rollator.
A cane holder allows you to take your cane wherever you go and keeps the stick in place, leaving you hands-free. If purchased separately, the cane holder kit should include brackets, screws, and clamps for easy installation and should give you easy access to your cane. The simplest accessories are snap-on cane holders that use two opposite-facing hooks to secure your cane in place.
Make sure the cane or fishing pole holder fits your rollator before you personalize your walker with one of these. Fishing pole holders are designed for easily insertion and removal of the rod and one-hand operation of the reel.
An umbrella holder can be very useful in inclement weather, but ensure that it fits the frame of your rollator snugly and does not rattle when you’re on the move.
Cup and Cell Phone Holders and Serving Trays
These are perhaps the most common walker accessories that people personalize their rollators with is a flip-up cup holder folds down when not in use. Before you buy a cup holder for your rollator, make sure it adjusts to hold cups of different sizes. If you like your coffee on-the-go, ensure that the cup holder has a cut out for the mug handle to fit through. A swivel cup holder swings out of the way while keeping beverage contents level.
You may choose a combination cell phone and drink holder if that suits your purpose. A reversible top ring is useful as it permits both left and right-handed use. Choose a cup holder that meets your needs and is made of durable material.
If you routinely transport food and drink around your home, a serving tray that fits on the rollator’s seat may be what you need.
Walker Seat Covers and Accessories
A great way to add personality to your rollator and improve comfort is by choosing seat covers and accessories.
A backrest for the seat can be very useful, as can a cushion set for both the seat and backrest. Available in a variety of patterns and designs, with these walker accessories you can showcase your style and also quickly identify your rollator walker in crowded places.
When selecting a seat cushion or backrest, make sure that it is adequately padded, made of a soft material, and that it can be easily removed and washed.
Miscellaneous Walker Accessories
There are several walker accessories that will allow you to personalize your walker and add to its functionality.
- Forward-facing flashlights are useful for navigating dark spaces.
- Kerb climbers on the wheels help with tilting the rollator to negotiate obstacles like street kerbs.
- If you are oxygen-dependent, an oxygen tank holder will allow you to take your tank with you, but this may need to replace the basket on your rollator.
- Wheel guards work like mud flaps and protect you from splatters.
- Personal computer/tablet caddies, eyeglass cases, and phone cases can all be added to your rollator to easily carry these items when you’re out and about.
- Height adjustable IV poles, ankle prompts for users with poor motor control, forearm attachments, and vertical hand grips are all specialize accessories that anticipate the needs of every user.
- It is also possible to purchase replacement wheels, rubber grips, and brake levers for your device.
Rollator Walker Accessories
As you can see, there is are plenty of walker accessories available to personnalize your rollator walker so you have those important items to hand. It is up to you to choose the ones to fully equip yourself for the places you like to go and for what you need to do.