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What is a Walker Tray?

Misty Amber Brighton
Misty Amber Brighton

A walker tray is a device that attaches to a walker, which is a type of mobility aid generally used to support the legs. This item is usually made of plastic and is normally either black or gray in color. It may have a slightly raised ledge to keep things from falling off. People can typically remove it easily, by loosening the clips on each side when it is not needed.

Most users want or need this accessory because it can be useful when they need to write or eat. In fact, some models may have a built-in cup or pen holder for these reasons. A walker tray is usually wide enough to allow a food tray to sit on top of it easily without extending over the sides.

Woman holding a book
Woman holding a book

Plastic is the most common material used to manufacture a walker tray. They are also sometimes made from aluminum or stainless steel. They are usually lightweight accessories that do not make the walker itself heavy or bulky when they are attached to it.

Most models have a short rim all the way around the top. This ledge is usually around 1/4-inch (.64 cm) high. This can help keep items placed on the tray in place while a person is moving. The top surface of the walker tray is generally flat and smooth. It can usually be cleaned by wiping it down with a solution of soap and warm water.

This device is commonly attached to the side of the walker by clipping it to the vertical supports. A few models might slip down over the top of the mobility aid and lock into place. In other words, it usually does not require a great deal of strength or special tools in order to add or remove this object.

Most of the time, people are able to use their walkers to get from one place to another while this device is attached. This can be beneficial for patients in a nursing home who might need to carry food trays some distance before sitting down. It can also help people who would like to carry crafts or magazines with them as well.

A walker tray can usually be purchased anywhere mobility aids are sold. They are typically inexpensive items that are easy to transport and care for. People who must use a walker to get around might find one of these devices helpful in performing their everyday routines.

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