A quad cane provides more support than a single point cane as they have a large four point base.
A quad cane might be needed if your elderly parent has had a stroke and requires a mobility aid for support but cannot hold onto a walker with both hands.
It is a great solution and can be tailored to provide the support they need - by changing the size of the base.
There are a variety of bases of different sizes and styles - depending on how much support the senior needs.
Most are height adjustable and have interchangeable bases (smaller/larger) as the senior's balance changes.
Elderly who have had a recent stroke will likely see improvements of their balance over several months and even years - especially if they continue with rehabilitation therapy (physical and occupational therapy).
A quad cane has a similar handle and shaft as a single point cane but has a wider four point base.
The bases come in a variety of sizes depending on how much support a senior needs.
Elderly who cannot use a walker (because they cannot hold onto both handles) and need more support will benefit from using this type of cane to reduce their risk of falling.
Seniors who need more support than a single point cane provide but cannot hold onto a walker with both hands.
Perhaps they've had a stroke which has made it difficult to move one side of their body? Or maybe they have had to have an amputation or have a nerve issue affecting their ability to move one arm or hand?
They are excellent mobility aids that can improve seniors independence and ability to walk safely.
Elderly who have use of both arms and require more support than a folding cane would be better served by choosing a walker such as a folding walker or a rollator walker.
Elderly who have significant balance, strength and endurance issues should be cautious of using this type of cane as it may not provide them with enough support to walk safely.
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Good quad canes will have the following features:
There are a number of accessories for quad canes including:
Similar to other mobility aids, the cane handle should be at the same level as the senior's wrist when they are standing and their arm is at their side.
To measure this height:
They should be used the same as a regular single point cane.
They can cost $50-150 depending on the style.
If the senior's balance, strength and endurance will likely improve in the near future (such as with a recent stroke) then it may be helpful to purchase one that has different size bases (interchangeable bases). That way they can change to a smaller base if their balance improves.
There are a number of other canes, including:
Someone may use this type of cane for months and work towards using a single point cane if their balance, strength and coordination improves. A single point cane does not provide the same level of support.
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