It’s a booming business for safety products of all kinds. Many times neither patients nor caregivers know what they need. That’s where the knowledge and experience of medical supply store reps come into play. From bath safety to home tripping hazards, these retailers will offer an array of solutions to help patients prevent falls.
A Niche to Notice
There are fall prevention products for the obvious places falls tend to occur. The savvy medical supply retailer will undoubtedly offer you bath safety products like grab bars and nonslip mats, toilet seat risers and handles, handrails for beds and handrails for coming and going, the list goes on, but there’s another area that seems to go unnoticed and underserved.
Thousands and thousands of people who use a walker or rollator by default, use a cane as well. Typically, a cane comes first to help with balance and then a graduation to a rollator ensues. For true independence, these folks usually bring a cane with them when they’re using a rollator for long distances. Then they transition to the cane for smaller distances or smaller spaces where the walker is too large. It’s a key strategy for preventing a fall.
The cane is there because eventually the patient needs to go where the walker won’t. The cane comes in handy to walk around a crowded store, take the last few steps to the bathroom, to the restaurant table or even the last couple shuffles to the recliner. It is an especially dangerous 36 inches.
There’s a powerful synergy at work between rollator, cane, and patient. The relationship with these mobility tools should be fluid and effortless to maximize safety and independence. Carrying a cane while using a walker is awkward and could in and of itself lead to a fall.
Small Solution to a Big Mobility Issue
The one accessory of value that truly helps is a simple, well-placed cane holder. Some newer rollator models come with a cane holder. For walker models that don’t offer a built-in cane holder, there are several options on the market to consider. The newest solution is CaneTUBE® from Easy Living Innovations, LLC.
It’s a simple cane holder that snaps onto walkers or rollators in seconds without using tools. As the name suggests, it’s cylindrical design allows patients to conveniently drop the cane inside and go. No hard-to-use clips or hooks to contend with for frail or arthritic hands. It’s an essential accessory for people who need to use both a cane and a walker for safe and independent personal mobility.
What fall prevention products do you use that make a big difference?