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Measure from the crease in your wrist to the floor. This length should be your handle height. If possible, choose a walker that adjusts at least one inch higher and lower than your actual measurement so you can adjust it as necessary.
A: You do not need a prescription to purchase a walker. However you do need a prescription if you want your insurance company or medicare to cover some or part of it. In that case you will probably have to order it through a medical supply company that works with your insurance company.
The main difference between a walker and a rollator is that a walker is a frame with handles and legs that needs to be lifted for movement, whereas a rollator has wheels and is pushed.
A standard walker is a walking aid characterized by its use of platforms at the bottom of each leg, rather than wheels. While wheels reduce friction and make movement easier, standard walkers tend to provide greater support and stability.
If your walker does not have wheels, then you will need to lift it and place it in front of you to move forward. All 4 tips or wheels on your walker need to be on the ground before you put your weight on it. Look forward when you are walking, not down at your feet.
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Upright walkers with wheels may be much easier for your senior to use than those without (which require lifting the walker to move it forward). Wheels do some of that hard work for your senior, and they might be easier to navigate in general (especially around turns and corners).
As with prescription medication, a walker must be prescribed to you by a doctor in order for it to qualify for coverage by Medicare. In order for a walker to be covered by Medicare, both the doctor writing the prescription and the supplier that is providing the walker must accept Medicare assignment.
How much does a walker cost? Typically, a standard walker can cost as little as $30 and as much as $100. Durable two-wheel and folding walkers are priced from around $50 to $250. Rollator walkers are more expensive, with budget models priced from about $70 and premium models costing as much as $600.
Does Medicare Cover Walkers With Seats (e.g. Rollators)? Generally, yes, but you can expect to pay about $50 more than you would pay for a regular walker. A walker with a seat has wheels too and is known as a rollator. There are several types of rollators, so you will want to choose one that is specific to your needs.
Rollators tend to be large so they can be difficult to maneuver inside small apartments or narrow hallways. Walkers aren’t as easy to move and navigate but they are more stable since all four legs stay on the floor, this makes a walker the better choice if you have issues with balance.
While It’s true that rollators aren’t quite as stable as a normal walker, they are considered safe for the elderly. Rollator walkers are equipped with two brakes, one on each handlebar, that can be engaged with even a light squeeze.
Four-Wheeled Walker (Rollator) The Rollator has four fully-rotating wheels, brakes, a seat, and often a basket (Figure 3). It is used for patients who need a walker only for balance but not for weight-bearing. It is easier to propel than the rolling walker.