FULL VOLUME
WALKING AIDS

  • Guarding
  • Walker
  • Crutches
  • Four-point cane
  • Single-point cane
  • Stairs
  • Wheelchair

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GUARDING
If the person in your care has a walking/balance disability, but is fortunate to be able to walk, you need to know the techniques used by professional caregivers to make walking safe and prevent falls.

WALKER
Detailed, up-close instruction is given on all the techniques used to ensure safe, effective relief of painful weight-bearing, or compromised balance, through the correct use of walkers. Covers techniques used for non-weight bearing through full weight bearing.

CRUTCHES
All types of weight-bearing and techniques for safe use of crutches are demonstrated in detail, including the important, but often neglected, correct method of standing and sitting with crutches.

FOUR-POINT CANE
This cane, sometimes called a quad-cane, is an essential enabler of walking for persons needing to lean heavily for support. It’s correct use is critical for safety and ease of walking.

SINGLE-POINT CANE
This universally used cane is, amazingly, used incorrectly much of the time. It’s correct use as a means of relieving pain and compensating for weakness on one side of the body, depends entirely on proper sequencing and timing.

STAIRS
Obviously, the correct use of walking aids on stairs is crucial for safety. The techniques illustrated here will go a long way toward making the negotiation of stairs as safe as possible.

WHEELCHAIR
Techniques of wheelchair mobility are clearly demonstrated, as well as the use of breaks, foot rests, tipping bars, etc.