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Maintain Your Walker, Wheelchair and Cane for Safety

February 18, 2015

Like any mechanical device with regular use, canes, walkers and wheelchairs may need adjustment to worn, broken or bent parts.

The staff of Baystate Home Infusion & Respiratory Services will hold two Mobility Clinics at the Medical Retail Store located at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. They will be held on Wednesday, March 11, and Wednesday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to noon.

A matter of safety

"These special events will bring a new level of safety awareness to our community members," said Paula Aritan, from the Baystate Home Infusion & Respiratory Services Medical Retail Store. "If your walker or wheelchair isn't working properly, it may take you extra energy to use it. Having regular tune-ups can extend the life of your equipment and keep you safe."

She said a poorly adjusted cane or walker can affect body alignment and result in pain and worn brakes could allow a wheelchair to slide out of position when you sit or stand. Something as simple as a worn or missing cane tip can allow it to slip on smooth or wet surfaces and result in a fall."

Aritan welcomes our community members to take advantage of tune-up clinics. Often adjustments and replaced parts can be done very easily and inexpensively.

Registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome.