Canes For The Blind
Any manufacturer of canes for the blind knows the extreme importance of making these tools high quality. An extension of the searching hand to aid a walk in the dark, visually impaired canes need to be dependable and well made. We have mobility canes that are both reflective (so drivers and other pedestrians will be aware and able to see the blind) and that extend the sense of touch to make the way clearer. Take a look at our medical walking equipment.
If you need to buy a cane for the blind, you will first need to understand
the true purpose of this type of cane. Unlike a traditional walking
cane-in which the cane is used to support weight that the
walker cannot bear on his own- a cane for the blind is meant
to be a type of "feeler" and allow the person to avoid
running into unexpected objects.
Since a cane for the blind is used for this purpose, it is important
that you buy the right type of cane. A traditional walking cane
might be too heavy or short (or both) for a blind person to use. Instead, it needs to be more lightweight and longer
than traditional canes.
Since the person using the cane will have to use it quite often- almost
any time he or she will be walking in an unfamiliar area-having
a lightweight cane is a good thing. It won't be braced on
the ground as it would be as a walking support, so all the weight
of the cane will be placed on the walker. This is why a cane for
the blind is often very light when carried.
There are many different types to choose from when buying a cane
for the blind, including plastic canes as well as aluminum canes.
Keep in mind that the cane will tap against objects and the walker
must rely on the feel and sound of this to determine where to walk.
It is very important that a cane for the blind be of high quality
so that it does not break easily. It is best for any blind person
to have many canes so that if one does break, they will have one
to replace it immediately.
The looks of a cane for the blind is often not important, since
the person using it can't see it. However, designs that can
be felt by the user and noticed by others might be worth considering.
In this case, it will solely depend on the person using the cane
and whether or not they prefer to have a basic cane or one with
style. The type of cane for the blind that you purchase will also
include a variety of other options. There are many that are telescoping
canes so that they can be made compact when necessary. This comes
in handy because many people will not want to put the cane down
anywhere. This enables them to keep the cane nearby at all times
without having to worry about it being in the way of others.
Another feature that is often available for a cane for the blind
is a light. These canes are excellent for people who will be using
the cane while walking in the dark. Even though a blind person will
be able to hear a car coming before crossing the street, it never
hurts to add an extra safety feature so that cars can see the walker
more clearly and quickly. Whatever type of cane for the blind you
buy, keep the person in mind when you do so. It is a nice thought
as a gift, but you want to make sure it is something that the person
will actually use.