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I have trouble walking, what kind of assistance is best for me?

There is no single answer to that question because each individual has a unique cause for the difficulty in walking.

This article will attempt to present some facts apropos of assistive devices that will, hopefully make the choice simpler.

Most of us, if we are fortunate to reach advanced age will need some sort of assistive device to aid in walking.When deciding on what kind of device to use, follow the advice of your physician or physical therapist. Even then, you will know which works best for your individual case, after some trial and error.

Ambulatory Assistive devices are pieces of equipment that assist a person in getting from one place to another. Discussed in this article are canes, crutches, walkers, and rollators.

Let’s discuss canes first.

Canes are probably the least supportive of the devices we are writing about. Usually, a person will choose a cane first. There are many reasons for this, psychological as well as physical.

There are several types of canes. Usually the canes are constructed of aluminum or some other metal, but wooden ones are available. Metal canes have the advantage of being strong, light and adjustable. They come in an assortment of colors and styles.

For extra security there are a variety of ways in which the cane makes contact with the ground. Regular rubber tips are used in the majority of cases, but tripod, quadruped and other special tips may aid in balance. These tips make a wider contact with the ground and may give an enhanced feeling of safety to the user. The disadvantage of these wider tips is the added weight to the cane.

Another solution is the use of a single Lofstrand or forearm crutch. The Lofstrand adds another level of security because it has a cuff that fits snugly around the forearm. The Lofstrand is made of aluminum and is height adjustable. While it is slightly heavier than a cane the added security makes it a good choice for someone who doesn’t feel steady enough with a cane, but does not want to use a walker or rollator.

If a cane, or forearm crutch, does not give the security you desire the next step would be a walker of rollator. Walkers may have wheels or not. Wheels make walking easier because the individual using the device does not have to lift it as he or she walks, but a steadier sense of balance is needed.

Rollators are, in my opinion, advanced forms of walkers. They are more adapted to use, and provide a very firm support. They usually have a breaking system and are adjustable to height. They also have the added advantage of a folding seat, which allows the user the ability to sit when tired.

For any of these assistive devices, be sure to follow your health care provider’s advice.

It is always wise to have someone with you whenever you first try an assistive device.

For Some Not-for-profit Board Members: Between a Rock and Hard Place

Members of Governing Boards of not for profit health-care provider agencies in the field of developmental disabilities, in my opinion, are sometimes caught between a “rock and a hard place. “
Why, you may ask? Let me continue, and if you read through this short essay you can decide for yourself whether I am right or just trying to peak your interest.
The easiest way to make my point is to paint a picture of a provider agency that I will call The ABC Center for Developmental Disabilities. (ABCCDD).

An important rule that a good board member must follow is the one that states “I do not get involved in the every- day operation of the agency.”

This is probably the most difficult role for a member of the Governing body, and even more difficult if you are an officer of the board.

The role becomes even more complicated if the board member also happens to be a parent of a child who receives services from the organization on whose board he or she sits.

Board members have various responsibilities, among which they must:

  • Decide on policies for the agency
  • Raise funds for the agency

But wait there is one important responsibility that a board member must be aware of; as a board member, he or she has a fiduciary responsibility. Basically, a fiduciary responsibility means that the board member must always work for the “good” of the organization.

Now we have the hypothetical case of a board member having a child receiving services from the organization and a vote comes before the board that the board member feels may not necessarily be in the best interests of her child, even though it would seem to be in the best interests of the majority of individuals receiving services.

How does she vote? Is her loyalty to her child or to the organization? Are her loyalties necessarily mutually exclusive?

Let’s hear your opinion.

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