Tennis Balls Needed; Not for Tennis
I don’t have the exact date my dad became initiated into the Tennis Ball Walker Club. I do know it wasn’t something he aspired to join and he didn’t opt for any of the swag.
You can buy the walker, but it doesn’t come with the tennis balls for the two back legs. You get to add those yourself and hope that the utility knife used to slit them open doesn’t cost you a finger.
My dad thought the shiny black kind with wheels would be better for him, but his physical therapist said he’d have to work up to that kind. It turns out there are several different kinds of walkers for different kinds of situations and needs.
So in case you thought all walkers were created equally, here’s some valuable information on walkers as well as where and how to choose one that will help keep your senior mobile and safe.
- Understand the different kinds of walkers
Mayo clinic has this very helpful slide show: “Tips for choosing and using walkers”
- Educate yourself about best practices for using walkers (as well as gait belts, canes, etc.) Watch this 20-min training video.
- Find gently used walkers and other equipment at a local nonprofit. With a quick online search I found Bridge Disability Ministries. It’s local and has equipment available for a suggested donation.
- You can also post your need on a local “buy nothing” type of Facebook group or your neighborhood Facebook group. Neighbors are generally glad to gift or loan equipment.
May you find joy in loving one another well!