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Preventing Falls: Moving Safely Using a Cane or WalkerPrevenci³n de ca­das: C³mo caminar sin peligro con un bast³n o andadera

Preventing Falls: Moving Safely Using a Cane or Walker

Keep the cane away from your feet so you don't trip.
A walking aid, such as a cane or walker, can help you stay more independent and avoid falls. Remember to keep your walking aid within easy reach when you're in a chair or in bed. And learn how to use it safely so you don't injure yourself.

Using a Cane

If you have a stronger side, hold the cane on that side.

1. Get your balance.

2. Move the cane and your weaker leg forward.

3. Support your weight on both the cane and your weaker side.

4. Step with your stronger leg.

5. Start again from step 1.


If you're using a folding walker, be sure you know how to lock it open. Check that it's locked open before each use.

Using a Walker

1. Roll the walker (or lift it, if you're using one without wheels) forward about 12  inches.

2. Step forward with your weaker leg first.

3. Use the walker to help keep your balance.

4. Bring your other foot forward to the center of the walker.

5. Start again from step 1.



Helpful Tips

  • Check with your healthcare provider about the right walking aid to use. Ask about a walker with a seat attached.

  • Check the tips of your cane or walker to make sure they have nonskid covers.

  • Move slowly from room to room. Don't rush.

  • Sit down to get dressed.

  • Use a fanny pack or backpack to keep your hands free.

  • Get help for jobs that mean climbing, even on a stepstool.

Date Last Reviewed: 2006-08-21T00:00:00-06:00

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By the way in the last two days this office is the only place that took my temperature before they would let me in. Shell Point and another doctors' office just ask you the questions as to where you have been lately.

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