Canes are considered the most widely used and popular mobility device in the U.S. with some 4.8 million Americans using a cane to get around. However, just like keys and cell phones, a walking stick or cane may get left behind at various locations. While it's possible to retrace your steps and re-locate missing canes, not everyone is able to remember where they left theirs.
This can be incredibly frustrating. After all, your cane helps improve mobility, and replacing it every time it becomes lost may not be in your budget. That's especially true if your canes, such as extra tall canes, are customized or hold sentimental value. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent canes and walking sticks from getting lost in the first place.
How to keep from losing your cane
Because canes are often there for mobility assistance, many people are unaware they've left their cane behind until they need the assistance. Consider the following tips to help you keep track of your cane no matter the situation.
- Have your cane engraved
Some cool walking canes come with the choice of engraving. Consider putting your name, a phone number, or a permanent address on your cane. This way, if you lose your cane and someone else finds it they have a way to contact and return it to you.
- Make your cane hard to forget
One of the best ways to remember your cane is to add details and decoration to a simple carbon fiber cane. If you're one for decorative walking canes consider getting a cane that's noticeable itself. Extra tall canes in high gloss metallic colors, a cane with a horse head handle, or a cane with a bright blue derby handle may be more likely to be noticed as you leave an area.
- Track your cane with Bluetooth
If you're more tech-savvy or you know you're prone to losing your cane, a Bluetooth tracker may be right up your alley. With a basic tracker, you can attach the device to your cane and track it using your smartphone should you misplace it.
- Attach a wrist strap to your cane
Whether you use extra tall canes or a cane with a seat, a wrist strap is able to attach to any kind of cane for walking. Place your hand in the wrist strap while you go out for a stroll or down to your favorite cafe and you won't have to worry about leaving your cane behind. What's more is you even get a wrist strap made in a variety of styles to fit the appearance of your cane.
Looking for your cane after misplacing it can be frustrating, especially because canes aren't always easily replaceable. Fortunately, by following the tips above you may be able to more easily relocate your cane so you can go about your day with improved mobility and greater relaxation.