Care recipient (cr) needs help learning to use a cane

Try: # use a quad cane one with four supports if balance is a problem a quad cane provides much greater stability because of its multiple points on the ground and is free standing one disadvantage is that it is heavier # to carry light things while using a cane use a backpack or carry a bag do not try to carry heavy things # nonskid rubber tips on a cane can reduce slipping check tips often and replace them if they look worn use the widest tip but it should fit tightly # an ice-gripping device for the bottom of the cane can be helpful in winter called an ice pick or ice grip these can be flipped down for a better grip on snow or ice for greater balance consider using two canes during winter walks

Materials: # a backpack or bag # nonskid wide rubber tips # an ice-gripping device for the bottom of the cane called an ice pick or ice grip # an extra cane

Categories: Topic, Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance

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References: Adapted from tips on using walkers and canes safely by judith strom posted on graytimes com on august 31 2009

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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