Can a resident in an independent living setting use a walker?

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Generally, residents take care of all their own needs, including meal preparation, housekeeping and transportation. Residents must be independent. Use of a cane, walker, or wheelchair generally is allowed if the resident can take care of his or her needs without assistance.

Residents may have occasional memory problems or forgetfulness, as long as a consistent pattern of memory loss does not occur and the resident is not a safety risk to him/herself or others.

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