When a care receiver has mobility issues and needs constant support, choosing the appropriate walking aid becomes one of the most important responsibilities of a caregiver. Let’s look at which walking aids are ideal for different needs.
Right-Walking Stick Cane, Left- Multipoint Cane
Canes are the simplest walking aid, ideal for care receivers who are
The walking stick (one leg) cane is right for care receivers with generally good use of arms and legs. It helps them maintain balance while walking.
The multipoint (multi legged) cane is better for care receivers who have difficulty balancing while walking but are able to support their weight on one side. An example is a quad cane which has 4 legs as its name suggests. Do not use multi legged canes while climbing stairs as the risk of a fall is high.
Walkers and Rollators are ideal for people who are
Walkers include a fixed type that requires the care receiver to lift it with both hands. This assumes that both hands are functioning and sufficiently strong. If that’s not the case, there’s an alternative type of cane which brings up the left and right frame alternately forward.
Image: Example of roller
The main difference between a walker and a rollator is that a walker has legs whereas a rollator has wheels. The wheels provide the rollator with greater maneuverability and balance, though the walker is also sturdy and balanced. Both are known for facilitating mobility and stability over longer distances.
f you’ve decided that a cane is more appropriate than a walker or rollator, the next step is to choose a cane of the correct length.
Here’s how you can do that:
Now that you’ve gained an understanding of the considerations involved in choosing the ideal walking aid, it would be a good time to learn about walking patterns of care receivers and the support a caregiver can provide at our walking patterns and caregiver support article
Article reviewed by Loh Wan Ying, HMI.