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4 Wheeled Walkers for the Elderly
When my dad’s Parkinson’s Disease started to progress more dramatically, his doctor finally told him he needed to use one of the 4 wheeled walkers for the elderly. He felt the rollator would protect him from falls (and it did!). We were able to get him a very nice looking red walker on wheels and he continued to enjoy his mall walks pushing his walker ahead of him, and sitting on its little seat when he needed to rest. It was very practical and spiffy, though not necessarily the most stylish thing in the mall.
I suppose we could have added a basket and a cute little cat or dog. Then again, this was 20 years ago and dogs weren’t nearly as acceptable in the malls as they might be now. 🙂
Crutches for the Caregiver
When I broke a leg and was stuck on crutches for several weeks I bought a really cute little crutches tote bag that stuck on to my crutches through the use of small patches of Velcro. The goal was to give me something to carry the different things I needed to tote around with me without having to use my hands, while looking at least a little stylish. It looked cute but, sadly, didn’t work very well. It just kept falling off, which drove me nuts, and eventually I gave up on it.
Then I discovered a cute, stylish, practical product for a walker or walker rollator that takes the best of both those products and makes them much better. The company who created these Rollator Accessory Banners was founded with the desire to brighten the lives of those who depend on mobility aids, and from the looks of the sample they sent me, along with a close look at their website, I would say they are doing a great job at it.
Banner Decor for Rollator
When I opened their box, I discovered a well-made, sturdy, brightly colored, heavy fabric banner that is custom made to fit snugly on the front of a walker, whether the traditional lifting type, or the more contemporary rolling style (the walker rollator). In addition, there are four “bumpers” that fit on each of the legs of the traditional, non-wheeled walker to add even more color. All of these products use very secure Velcro to stay put. They even tuck in a sheet of cute stickers to add even more opportunity for your aging parent to customize their “wheels.” I asked if you could use these banners on walkers with baskets. Kathleen LeRoy, President of the company, wrote, “if a person wants to use a basket in conjunction with the banner, it depends on the configuration of the walker or rollator. Our website lists the brands of walkers and rollators that the banners will work with and it also provides diagrams to show how the banners fit.”
The banners have all sorts of cute sayings, from Christian Bible verses, such as “With God, all things are possible,” to cute sayings like my dad and I always enjoyed, “The Cat’s Meow,” to special greetings for parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, to patriotic flag styles. That would have been my dad’s first choice! If your elderly parents love to show off photos of the grandkids, they have a banner for that. If they prefer a personalized one with their own name, they’ve got that too!
Practical Banners and Bumpers
When I reviewed their original website, I discovered that they’re not just good looking and sturdy, they are also practical. The banners and bumpers have been pre-treated for stain resistance. They are hand washable, and line dryable, though if your washer has a delicate setting, they say you can use that as well, though carefully and rarely. Walkers are wonderful blessings to our aging parents, when they need them, but they are not the most attractive items. Even my dad’s, which I thought looked quite spiffy, still looked like a walker. These fun walker decor items give them a nice sense of personality. As someone who loves the occasional bumper sticker to give my car that touch of personality, I really like that. Particularly with the more sterile-looking traditional silver walkers.
Great gift ideas for Elderly Parents
These would make a terrific gift for grandma and grandpa on each of their birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s Day, or Christmas. If your senior parents are like mine, they are often saying, “I have no room for more presents.” These would not only not take up more room, they’d brighten your parents’ room!
2018 UPDATE – Rollator Accessory Bags
As I updated this post, I realized that the original company appears to be gone. The good news is that some of the banners are still available via Amazon. Plus another company, also at Amazon, has some lovely seat cushions, like this:
AND I also discovered some delightful Rollator Accessory Bags that are not only practical but they make lovely Rollator decor as well. And yes! They have plain colored rollator accessory bags in different colors, like black and royal blue, that men might prefer. Check them out:
The times, they are a’changing. But it’s nice to see new faces and wish old friends a fond hello – and hope it reaches them. 🙂