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?

Let the patient take the nurse's arm while the nurse walks a little ahead of the patient.


• 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

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