As people get older, they often need to rely on assistive devices to aid their mobility. These devices not only help your loved one get from point A to point B without much pain, they also help prevent falls. In the United States, 25% of older adults fall each year. When you notice that someone you care about is nearing the point in their lives when they might need canes and walking sticks, you should consider a few things before getting them one.
Your first consideration should focus on the type of lifestyle the person lives, and the activities that they enjoy doing. Walking is a daily activity for most people, and a cane can help make that an easier task. However, you should also look at:
- The frequency in which this person walks
- If they partake in any outdoor activities such as hiking or nature walks
- The speed at which the person walks
- What is this person's mobility at currently? Do they struggle with basic mobility or are they still relatively agile? Do they have any medical conditions that should be taken into account as well?
When thinking about which cane would be right for this person, you will want to look at their life as a whole. Consider what they do on a daily basis and work from there.
Does this person like a little razzle-dazzle? Would they appreciate decorative canes? Think about grip or handles as well. Grips can come in a variety of materials and styles, ranging from hard and textured to soft and plush. What would be comfortable for this person to use, and more importantly, what would they be able to hold onto? Decorative canes can have masterfully crafted handles that can be personalized to the style of the user, but they may prefer a soft foam grip instead.
The height of the cane you choose is particularly important, for many reasons. The correct height will aid in posture and mobility, as well as being more comfortable to the user. Too short or tall of a cane will be hard for them to use and may cause discomfort.
Whatever style or type of cane you choose for your loved one, be prepared to put effort into finding the best one possible. It's always a good idea to do your research and look at a variety of different choices before deciding on one.
For all types of assistive canes, whether functional or decorative canes, give us a call today. We can help get your loved one moving comfortably again.