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Although some seniors must begin using a cane for support after knee or hip surgery, others experience a more gradual loss of mobility. Here are several signs that indicate a cane may be a timely decision, and tips for choosing one that fits your needs.
There are stages in life when we all need support. Young children need a helping hand when learning to walk and ride a bike. Pregnant women may appreciate a firm grip on an elbow or arm for additional balance. Sometimes aging can include a loss of mobility, and a walking cane can be a useful tool for helping seniors remain active.
If your elderly patient or parent mentions the following, or you notice these behaviors, it's time to discuss investing in a cane.
Before shopping for a cane, check with your patient's physician to confirm this type of mobility aid is an appropriate solution.
To find the correct size, ask your senior to:
Measure from the ground up to the crease of your patient's wrist, rounding up to the nearest half-inch.
Your senior should align the cane with the healthier side of his or her body, extending the device when the weaker side moves forward. The additional support will place less pressure on the more muscular leg and stabilize the weaker leg or foot.
When you're shopping for mobility aids, including canes, contact Kerr Medical. We'll answer your questions and help you find the right solution for your senior.