A comparative study  by Cruz et al (2019) discusses that although evidence suggests the highest prevalence of frail fallers were users of ambulatory devices such as sticks, walkers etc., in their study, the frail fallers were not using their devices for activities of daily living.

For many working in residential aged care, this will be no surprise. Compounding the issue is the fact that many of this cohort have limited or no ability to remember the device and/or to learn how to use such devices correctly.


Cruz, A. de O., Santana, S. M. M., Costa, C. M., Gomes da Costa, L. V., & Ferraz, D. D. (2019). Prevalence of falls in frail elderly users of ambulatory assistive devices: a comparative study. Disability And Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology, 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2019.1587016