When you lose your cane, you are left to rely on “the kindness of strangers.” You hope that someone will find it, and perhaps turn it in to a lost and found. But that requires you to remember where you may have left it, which isn’t always easy for busy people on the go. And a cane isn’t like a wallet, filled with ways to identify its owner and return it to them. Not to worry—you can learn how to never lose your walking cane with a few simple strategies.
Use a Wrist Strap
Wrist straps can be attractive accessories for your cane. They are available in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, and they’re extremely practical. With a wrist strap, your cane stays with you wherever you go; just put your hand through the loop of the strap and keep it there. You’re still free to use your hand when seated, when signing something and you don’t have to surrender your cane to a coat check or closet, possibly losing it.
If you misplace your cane, the best intentions can’t get it back to you if there is no way to determine its owner. Add an identifying engraving to your cane that includes your phone number or email address. You could include a message like, “if found, please call…”, etc. Your identifying information needn’t be bland or sterile looking, either. Engraved plaques for canes can add elegance and style with fancy typefaces and decorative additions to the basic information needed.
Add a Table Cane Holder
Adding a table cane holder will always keep your cane near you. Simply attach the cane holder under the cane handle about four inches from the handle and place it on a table. This will not only prevent your cane from falling down and scratching but will also keep the cane near you.
Illuminate Your Cane
Add a small LED light or two to your cane. Not only will this increase your visibility to cyclists and motorists when you’re walking outside, but it will also remind you not to leave your cane behind. If you happen to step away without it, passersby or others in the store or restaurant will likely notice and call your attention to the cane.
Walking canes may be vital mobility aids or decorative accessories. Either way, you don’t want to misplace it. The simple strategies listed above are ways you can be sure to never to lose your cane again.