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A patient with a diagnosis of transient ischemic attack (TIA) will be discharged to her home where she lives alone in 2 days. She can walk independently around her room without a device, but she becomes unsteady when walking longer distances around the nursing home. She also has difficulty walking on uneven surfaces outside. The woman is concerned about her ability to do her own shopping. She lives 2 blocks from her neighborhood grocery store and has walked there to buy groceries in the past. What advice should the OT give to the woman?
=> Use a wheelchair with a basket while shopping.
=> Use a walker with a basket while shopping.
=> Hang on to the shopping cart for stability.
=> Ask family to help with shopping.

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Asked on February 14, 2018 12:14 pm
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Use a walker while shopping

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Use a walker with a basket while shopping. The woman can walk independently but may not have the stability or endurance to walk longer distances in the community. A walker would give the woman support, improving her stability and allowing her to safely walk the distances required to do her shopping. The woman could use a walker in all areas of the community, whereas the shopping cart could only be used in the store. The woman is not disabled enough to require a wheelchair.

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