Here are helpful hints on three types of medical equipment:

Cane:  the person really needs to still be moving well and just needing a slight bit of balance

Walker:  wheels or not may be the decision…either way, remember walkers allow upper body strength to compensate for weak legs.  BUT…make it the right height for each person to be upright prevent leaning too much on the walker

Wheel chairs:  again, get the right size!  Some folks can propel themselves as they sit by digging heels in to the floor and moving forward.  W/C are also decent for walking behind (remember they can roll away though)!  Some w/c have leg rests that elevate and help control feet/ankle swelling

Each of these three pieces of equipment can help maintain a certain level of independence.  YET each one needs to be respected as a device that is being used because “something” isn’t as strong as it used to be.  SAFETY and proper use is the key.

About jackiebates

Experience: Registered Nurse 31 years Hospice Nurse 6 years Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse 4 years Caring for the dying is a passion that continues to grow and motivate me in life. Their intimate situations has allowed me a unique opportunity to help facilitate what others and I can learn about real life. Please teach me, challenge me and help me help others. All material written is copywritten 2011
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