Here’s an alternative to the traditional method of guiding someone with sight loss – the Companion Cane. Made by TravelEyes, the holiday company that pairs blind and sighted travellers on holiday tours, it allows for guiding with social distancing, and gives the person being guided a greater feeling of space.
The Companion Cane extends up to 1.5m when fully extended, and can fit in a backpack when not in use – folded and collapsed, it measures 33cm. It comprises two telescopically adjustable rods joined by a hinge in the middle. To use the Companion Cane, unfold it and lock the hinge in place. You can then extend the rods to the desired length. The telescopic action is controlled by clips which sit below each crooked handle. Open the clips to smoothly adjust the telescoping sections, and close them again to lock the rods firmly in place at the length you want. To fold the cane away, simply reverse the process!
The ergonomically designed handles have been extensively tested to ensure they give maximum comfort while also providing each user (guide and guided) with maximum tactile feedback regarding the position of the other.
The cane is made from aluminium, which is lightweight but also sturdy, and durable injection-moulded plastic. It also has reflective stickers to increase visibility in poorly lit areas.
If you usually use a guide or long cane, it is recommended that you use that together with the Companion Cane.
- Guidance aid which enables social distancing
- Materials: Aluminium and injection-moulded plastic.
- Ergonomically designed handles.
- Reflective stickers to increase visibility.
- Telescoping and folding mechanisms.
- Maximum length: 150cm.
- Folded length 33cm.
Special order - please allow up to six weeks.
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Important - order cancellations and returns
We are unable to cancel your order once it has been placed. Should you change your mind about this special order product, you will need to accept the delivery and then contact RNIB Helpline to arrange its return; guidance on how to do this can be found in our Returns Policy.
This item is eligible for VAT exemption