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Transporting Passengers with Walking Aids: Considerations and Safety Tips

Types of Walking Aids

Walking aids vary depending on mobility needs:

  • Walking Stick or Cane: Provides basic support for mobility.
  • Crutches: Offer more substantial support and stability.
  • Walking Frame or Zimmer Frame: Provides the most stability and support for those with significant mobility challenges.

Considerations When Assisting Passengers

Important considerations when transporting passengers using walking aids:

  • Accessibility: Assess if ramps are needed for frames to negotiate stairs; check for lift availability.
  • Parking: Park as close as possible to reduce walking distance for passengers using walking aids.

Handling Walking Aids During Transit

Guidelines for handling walking aids:

  • Storage: Canes or sticks can be placed next to the passenger; crutches should remain at their set height.
  • Assistance: Have the walking aid ready to assist the passenger upon exiting the vehicle.
  • Use Caution: Frames are lightweight and not designed for lifting or pulling; assist passengers appropriately to avoid injury.

Ensure passengers are safely assisted in and out of the vehicle, allowing them to use their walking aids effectively once standing.