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What manner should the nurse instruct the client to proceed?
A nurse is teaching a client with left leg weakness to walk with a cane.



A. Hold the cane on the left side 4″ to 6″ from the base of the little toe.
B. Hold the cane away from the body.
C. Move the cane and the right leg simultaneously.
D. Hold the cane in the right hand.

This question is part of basic physical care (part 2)

Asked by Keaton, Last updated: Sep 18, 2020

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H. Martin

H. Martin

H. Martin
H. Martin, Content Writer, Charlotte

Answered Oct 15, 2018

A cane is an important piece of durable medical equipment, which can help a person’s ability to support their mobility. Instruct the person using the cane to hold it on their strong side. Advise them that to hold the cane correctly they should hold the cane on the side of your healthy leg and move forward as you move the compromised leg forward.

This procedure will help you with balance. When you step forward with the weaker leg, move the cane forward at the same time. Always put the cane in the hand that is opposite the stronger leg. Always keep the cane close to you so that when you want to get up from a chair or to move to another area you have that much-needed support.

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Chris Kenway

Chris Kenway

Chris Kenway
Chris Kenway, Content Writer, Jacksonville

Answered Oct 11, 2018

Option D - Hold the cane in the right hand.
Cane is to be held on the hand of the unaffected side. The cane on the unaffected 4 to 6 from the base of the little toe.

In this client, the cane should be held on the right side and 4 to 6 cm from the base of the little toe. The client should hold the cane close to the body and the elbow should be slightly bent when holding your cane.

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John Smith

John Smith

John Smith
John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

Hold the cane in the right hand.-rationale: to ambulate safely, a client with a leg weakness should hold the cane in the hand opposite the weak leg 4 to 6 from the base of the little toe. therefore, this client should hold the cane in his right hand. the client should hold the cane close to his body to prevent leaning and he should move the cane and the involved leg (left, in this case) simultaneously, then move the uninvolved leg.client needs category: physiological integrityclient needs subcategory: basic care and comfortcognitive level: comprehensionreference: ellis, j.r., and bentz, p.m. modules for basic nursing skills, 7th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 379.
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