While there are mountains of information about designing homes for people who use wheelchairs, there is a lack of information for people who use canes and walkers at home.

These series of posts aims to give practical ideas to make the use of a variety of mobility equipment, such as cane and walkers, at home safer and easier.

What home modifications make using a cane easier and safer?

An estimated 5 million people in the US use a cane to help them move safely. Canes are used to improve balance and prevent falls and injuries. However, using a cane at home has several barriers which can be overcome with simple home modifications.

These series of posts aims to give practical ideas to make the use of a variety of mobility equipment, such as cane and walkers, at home safer and easier. 

  1. Using a Cane at Home
  2. Using a Walker at Home
  3. Using a Rolling Walker with Seat at Home
  4. Using a Knee Walker at Home

The most common complaints about using a cane related to home design:

1. It falls to the floor when not in use, and most people are unable to reach the floor to retrieve it.

2. It isn’t where they need it to be or it gets lost.

3. It can’t be easily seen (for those with visual impairments).

Here are 3 top ideas that can be implemented by home-owners or contractors:

  • Install storage hooks for the cane.
  • Add a double rail on stairs.
  • Make the cane and storage locations visible.

Needs more in-depth information and ideas?

View our 2 page pdf with more ideas and recommendations specific to using a cane at home.  Content includes ideas for throughout the home that can be done by home-owners or contractors with a focus on improving safety and ease of use.

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Want the details on these 3 ideas, see the free handout below:

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Looking for more information, visit FAQ page for more info on home modifications.