Using your walking aid safely
As we outlined above, your occupational therapist will be able to assist you with choosing a walking aid and helping you learn to use it safely. But there are a few things you can do to help keep you safe while using a walking aid.
- Keep the floor clear - look out for loose carpet, rugs and clutter and make sure pathways are kept clear.
- Avoid slippery areas - make sure any spills are cleaned up and that you’re using the right mobility aids in wet areas.
- Wear the right shoes - you should wear functional, supportive and comfortable footwear.
- Check for wear and tear - check your walking aid for signs of general wear, particularly on the slip-resistant feet, wheels and brakes. Also, look for cracks in the frame and any loose connections.