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Can anyone recommend the best route to purchase a rollator walker? I would love to take my mom to try one out in a showroom but there seem to be so few of them in the area. She has a rollator with 8" wheels for home use but she needs a sturdy but easy to travel with one for cab trips to the doctor. One that is not too difficult for the aide to manage.

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We bought a Winnie Walker that we found in the local flyer for my aunt for 50$ in perfect condition and she loves it! I just bought one for my mom from the Winnie Walker website brand new for $89....haven't heard what she thinks about it yet....still getting used to having to use one, I suppose. She has Parkenson's D., oh, my poor mommy.
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Makes salvation army or another thrift store seem a pretty good choice. You don't have to buy junk. There are a lot of really like new aids for sale. And EaseLiving, yes the walker is not a shopping cart or something to chase after. Proper use must be a priority.
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Make sure she knows how to properly use a walker and that it is fitted correctly. I see so many people that are putting themselves at more risk than they would walking without it! Many home medical equipment stores can fit and train someone as can any PT/OT.
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Walkers were part of the recent government "competitive bidding" program (which now covers 70% of the population) so only a few stores were " bid winners"- you may have to travel to handpick one or have one shipped (sometimes bid winners aren't even in state) if you want it paid for. In some areas WalMart is a winner ("winners" get 55% of what they used to get- "losers" get no Medicare reimbursement). You can go to Medicare.com and find out winners in your area. Part of the scheme was to save money by eliminating stores and making access more difficult- more and more people are just paying cash to avoid hassles.
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I forgot to mention - if you need a wider rollator walker, measure doorways to ensure they will pass through.
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Your local volunteer fire dept will loan them out if they have any on hand. If not have the doctor write a prescription . Medicare allows a new one every 5 years. They pay 80% and you pay 20%. Any durable medical supply store can help you. I agree Drive makes excellent products. Don't get fooled by imitstors get those that aren't made for show.
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The three-wheeled walkers are space saving and convenient for traveling, and most are lightweight.
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Senior centers sometimes have them as well...for free. Because many people donate them when no longer needed.
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It helps to determine the width and max weight needed. For my Dad, the standard which he walks with is too narrow for him to sit on without getting his clothes caught when he tries to stand. He might not need to sit often, but he struggles to get out when he does.
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The idea about a prescription is good. You can get them at Walgreens or other drugstores. If you need to go the non-prescription route, you can get rollators at Walmart or any large drugstore. Or you may prefer to look online to pick out just the one you want. Drive makes some decent rollators. They sell through various places. I looked at Amazon.com until I found the model that seemed right, then I googled the model until I found one at the best price. It pays to do this, because some places will charge around $200 for a model that you can get on sale for less than $100 on other sites.
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go to a hospice store or second hand..im in florida there are tons down here
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MIL's doctor prescribed a walker for her and the medical supply store had several to chose from. Since she is on Medicare with supplemental insurance there was no cost to her to get one. Check with your mom's doctor about getting a prescription. The one mom got is pretty fancy with a storage section under the seat, hand brakes, etc. to buy one without the prescription would have been around $80.00, so it was great to have a 'script from the doctor. Good luck.
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ellentz is right. Also, craigslist.org, or garage sales. We got a nice wheelchair for $10. Walkers and canes were $5 and under . Good luck.
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You might first try some of your local thrift shops. I got a new walker, still with the tags on, for $6.
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