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: Backpack or bag non-skid wide rubber tips ice-gripping device for the bottom of the cane called an ice pick or ice grip extra cane

Categories: Medical Physical, Personal, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware

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References: Adapted from www graytimes com – tips on using walkers and canes safely by judith strom – posted 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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