Walkers & Accessories

  • DMI Ski Glide Mabis Healthcare 510-1030-0000

    DMI

    DMI Ski Glide, For Walker

    These glides attach to the back legs of walkers and take advantage of the same geometry that snow skis do: The fronts of the glides are rounded and pointed up slightly so the walker can glide smoothly without the user having to exert herself any more...

    $8.99
  • Pitch-It IV Stand Sharps Compliance 30007-012

    Pitch-It

    Pitch-It Junior IV Stand, Aluminum

    The Pitch-It IV Pole is a convenient stand that requires no assembly. Recyclable this IV stand can simply be discarded after use making it an ideal home healthcare option. The Pitch-It IV Pole is lightweight, made of sturdy aluminum material and is easy...

    Starting at $21.99
  • Pitch-It Sr IV Stand Sharps Compliance 30006-006

    Pitch-It Sr

    Pitch-It Sr IV Stand, Aluminum

    The Pitch-It IV Pole is ready for use in just seconds with an innovative tripod design. The Pitch-It IV Pole eliminates the retrieval, cleaning, bagging, and tagging of old IV poles with a unique recyclable design. It is perfect for IV therapy in the...

    Starting at $37.99
  • McKesson 4 Wheel Rollator McKesson Brand 146-RTL10261RD

    McKesson

    McKesson Rollator - Lightweight Aluminum Rolling Walker, Red

    A rollator is sometimes called a "wheeled walker." It consists of a frame with three or four large wheels, handlebars, and a built-in seat.Universal height adjustment on frame allows seat height to be adjusted from 18 inch to 22 inch in 1-inch increments...

    $128.69
  • McKesson Caddy McKesson Brand 146-RTL10131

    McKesson

    McKesson Walker Caddy and Removable Top, Plastic with Attachment Clips

    Durable plastic construction allows easy maintenance. Removable top lip conceals for safely storing all personal items. Easily attaches with side straps to fit most 2-button walkers.Allows walker user to carry personal items from room-to-room safely and...

    Starting at $19.99
  • McKesson 4 Wheel Rollator McKesson Brand 146-10257BL-1

    McKesson

    McKesson Rollator- Blue, Folding Steel, 4 Wheels, 31 in - 35 in Height

    The sturdy aluminum frame construction of the drive lightweight rollator supports a capacity of up to 300 lbs. It easily folds into a compact unit for convenient storage and portability. The height-adjustable, easy-to-grip handles of this rollator make...

    Starting at $104.00
  • drive Hemi Side Step Folding Walker Drive Medical 10240-1

    Drive

    drive Hemi Side Step Folding Walker, Aluminum Frame

    Designed for individuals with the use of only one hand or arm, this hemi-walker is ideal for users who don't need a walker but need a wider base of support than a cane provides. Hemi-walker weighs only 4 lbs. which makes folding easy.Ideal for users who...

    $41.99
  • drive 4 Wheel Rollator Drive Medical R728BL

    Drive

    drive Rollator Adjustable Height Aluminum 33 to 38 inch Handle Height

    The drive Rollator has ergonomic handles and a seamless padded seat for comfort. The easy-to-use deluxe loop-locks secure the rollator firmly in place. Its non-marring tires make it ideal for indoor and outdoor use.Zippered pouch under seat for added...

    Starting at $94.99
  • drive Deluxe 3 Wheel Rollator Drive Medical 10289BL

    Drive

    drive Deluxe Rollator Folding Aluminum 31 to 38 inch Handle Height

    The sturdy and comfortable drive Rollator comes with a basket, tray, and pouch for files, folders and other personal belongings. Its 7½-inch casters ensure easy maneuverability on most surfaces. For added security, this rollator comes with a loop-lock...

    $99.99
  • drive Tray Drive Medical 10125

    Drive

    drive Tray, For Walker

    This Drive Walker Tray With Cup Holders makes it easy and convenient to take items with you while using your walker. It's made of a durable plastic material that will last a long time, and is easy to clean and maintain. Two cup holders on the Drive...

    $43.99

Walkers

Walkers provide walking support and stability for people with mobility or balance issues. They consist of lightweight metal frames with four legs, easy-to-grip handles, and, optionally, wheels.

Walkers can be invaluable for physically strong people who need more stability than a cane can provide. There are a variety of different types of walkers available.

Who Needs A Walker?

While we tend to think of walkers as something only the elderly or disabled need, they can benefit many other people. This can include those with arthritis, chronic pain, respiratory illness, or other conditions, leading to decreased weight-bearing ability, poor balance, or being easily fatigued.

If you find yourself holding onto things for support when you walk, if you’re unable to stand reliably for long periods, or find yourself easily fatigued when walking, a walker may help.

Types of Walkers

Walkers can be broadly divided into front walkers, which have handles on either side and provide support equally to both sides, hemi-walkers or “side-steppers,” which provide support on only one side.

Front walkers are more common and come in a variety of types, including:

  • Folding walkers - Foldability allows easier transport and storage when not in use.
  • Non-folding walkers - These have a completely rigid frame and eliminate even the slightest bit of wobble when in use, making them a good choice for those who need extra help with balance.
  • Bariatric walkers - These have a wider frame designed to support much heavier weights than standard walkers, making them safer for larger people.
  • Stand-assist walkers - These do triple duty. They provide support for walking, act as an aid to rising from a chair, and a portable safety frame for the toilet.
  • Rolling walkers (also known as rollators) - Rollators have four wheels, and usually, a basket is attached. This gives the user a place to carry their personal items, leaving their hands free. Many rollators also have a seat, allowing the user to stop and rest as needed.
  • Knee walkers/knee scooters - As the name implies, knee walkers resemble scooters. They generally have 4 wheels, an elevated platform to rest your knee and lower leg, and a steering handle similar to a wagon handle. This type of walker is an ingenious alternative to crutches for those recovering from certain types of leg or foot injury.
Hemi walkers may be handy for people who don’t need a front walker but who need more stability than a cane can provide, or for those who only have the use of one arm.

Handle Grip Options

Walkers may have plain, hard-plastic hand grips or foam grips. Plastic grips are standard, but foam grips may be a better option for people whose hands tend to perspire or need extra stability when gripping. Foam grips may also provide additional comfort for the user.

Walkers vs. Rollators

If you are considering a walker, one of the first decisions to be made is whether to choose a standard walker — which may have no wheels or wheels only on the front legs — and a rolling walker (commonly known as a rollator), which has three or four wheels.

Because they’re more stable, standard walkers may be safer for people with significant balance issues. They may also be a better option for those with poor grip strength since they do not require the use of a hand brake. Rollators are equipped with hand brakes, which must be employed when the user is rising to a standing position or going from standing to sitting.

Often rollators are equipped with a storage basket, which is generally an add-on accessory for walkers, and many also have a fold-up seat that allows the user to stop and rest as necessary.

Choosing the Right Size Walker

Many walkers, like canes and crutches, will list a recommended user height range in the specifications. Others may give a more general recommendation such as "average adult" or "tall adult" and list the particular model's adjustability range. Adult walkers are available for people from 4'6" in height to 6'8", so checking model specifications is important for getting the correct fit. Most walkers are also adjustable and can be further fine-tuned to suit the individual using them. The handgrips of the walker should, when the user is standing in their everyday shoes with their arms relaxed at their sides, be level with the center of their wrists.

Walker Sizing & Specifications

Walkers come in a range of sizes, from child to adult. The appropriately-sized walker should, at the handle, be on the same level as the crease of the user’s wrist. Other factors to consider are the outer width of the walker (particularly if you have narrow doorways), inner width (as the user must be able to stand comfortably within the frame), weight capacity, and even wheel size. Specifications that may affect your final choice include:

  • Product weight - The user will be regularly lifting and moving the walker, so weight is a serious consideration.
  • Weight capacity - The weight capacity of the walker must be equal to or greater than the user’s weight.
  • User height - The height range listed in the product specifications will allow you to choose the walker best suited to the user’s height. The walker can then be fine-tuned for a good fit.
  • Product height - Measure the distance from the user’s wrist to the floor and find the correct height walker.
  • Overall width - If you can’t find a walker slim enough to suit your needs, you may need to consider a 2-button folding walker.
  • Inside width - The width from the inside of one handle to the inside of the other.
  • Folded width - The width of the walker when folded for storage.
  • Wheel size - Larger wheels are a better option for people who will frequently use their walkers outside.

Walkers Accessories

Walkers can be invaluable for those with balance or mobility issues, allowing them freedom of movement that might otherwise be constrained. There are a variety of types of walkers available, along with walker accessories, such as storage baskets, cane or cup holders, and trays, that extend their functionality.

Using a walker does mean that while you’re walking, your hands are occupied with gripping and maneuvering your walker. However, there are a variety of accessories intended to counteract this issue and make your life easier. These include:

  • Storage baskets, for transporting larger items
  • Basket organizers, which fit inside your basket and hold smaller items
  • Trays, which make it easier to carry food or other things
  • Cup holders, which securely hold your drink
  • Cane holders, which allow you to keep your cane near at hand
  • Pouches/storage bags which, like baskets, let you easily transport items
  • Hooks, which can be clipped to your walker frame to hold items such as your purse
  • Walker lights, which clip to the frame and provide hands-free light