A blind patient with Parkinson's disease is to ambulate down the hall. Which of the following techniques is the best way for the nurse to assist a blind patient in ambulation?
• Walking a little ahead of the patient allows for a feeling of control and independence while still providing support for this patient who also has Parkinson's. It is important to provide a sense of control for blind patients and to encourage self-care for patients with Parkinson's
• Incorrect: Walking side-by-side does not provide balance and stability
• Incorrect: Walking down the hall with hands along the wall does not provide physical support
• Incorrect: Pushing the wheelchair will increase the risk of injury to the patient