What to Look for in Baskets, Carry Bags, or Tote Bags for Walkers
Function and the items you need to carry with you will play a big part in deciding on a bag or basket for your walker or rolling walker. Naturally, everyone wants a quality-made item. However, some of these bags are designed for things such as books or magazines, where others can carry bulkier items.
Items That You Need with You
One of the initial things you need to consider in deciding on baskets for walkers, bags for walkers, or carry bags is what you will bring with you. Elderly who need to move bulkier items such as oxygen, for example, will need either a large tote with more secure straps or a basket so they can check oxygen levels at a glance.
If you’re a senior who only needs a few small things, such as a book and a pill bottle, one of the slimmer bags might be easier to deal with. If you don’t want to shuffle through a bag to struggle to find something, and only have a few items, we recommend considering the Drive Medical Basket.
Type of Walker
Your style of a walker and its measurements will be crucial in deciding on the right bag or basket for you, also. Wide or bariatric walkers will need longer straps or attachments, such as on the Vive Rollator Bag.
If you have a standard, non-rolling walker, however, a more secure basket or shorter straps will likely be better. Think about the movement of each step or lift of your walker, and considering long straps causing the bag to swing. This would become an issue for some individuals.
If you have medications, credit cards, or cash that you’ll be stowing in your rollator or walker bag, you probably want more privacy like a tote affords. A basket can be excellent for moving things around and grabbing them quickly. However, if keeping your belongings out of sight from others is essential, you may want to skip past basket style and get a bag.
If you or someone you’re caring for has specific conditions that increase the risk of losing consciousness, a bag with a medical alert pouch like the P & F Walker Bag is undoubtedly worth considering. If you’ve experienced a distressing situation of being outside at night, or your loved one has done so and gotten confused, we like the reflective strips on a model like the Pembrook Wheelchair Side Bag.