FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kind of walker is best for seniors?
Most product reviewers agree that the Drive Medical Trigger Release Folding Walker is the best walker for seniors. It has features specifically designed for seniors. For example, many seniors have problems with finger dexterity. This folding walker has a trigger release that allows you to fold the walker without taking your hands off the handle. Also, it provides maximum balance support with one-inch diameter anodized, extruded aluminum framing. Another advantage for seniors is this walker has 5-inch wheels for easy gliding across the floor and back rubber feet to help prevent slips.
How is a rollator different from a walker?
A rollator and a walker differ in one significant way — rollators have four wheels, and standard walkers have none. The rollator's wheels and built-in seats enable you to walk longer distances and rest when tired. Since you must pick up the walker with every step, it is suitable for traveling short distances. However, rollators are heavier than walkers. As a result, you must have the arm strength to handle them. Hybrid walkers have two front wheels. So, they have a separate classification from the standard walker and the rollators (also known as wheeled walkers).
Do walkers have a weight limit?
Most walkers can support users up to 300 lbs. However, some heavy-duty models like the Deluxe Bariatric Walker can hold users up to 500 lbs. These types of bariatric walkers typically use welded steel to add more reinforcement to the frame. Some other models like the McKesson Aluminum/Steel Bariatric Folding Walker use A-frame aluminum construction with side braces and steel legs.
What is the lightest walker?
The lightest standard walker you can find is 5 lbs. A very light walker like the Medline Pediatric Non-Folding Walker is usually for petite people or children. Like many pediatric walkers, the Medline walker has a lightweight aluminum frame with a large width to enhance stability. It can support a user up to 80 lbs.
Does Medicaid or Medicare cover walkers for seniors?
Provided you have a prescription from your treating physician, Medicare and Medicaid will cover your walker expense under the category of Durable Medical Equipment (DME). These agencies usually pay about 80% of the cost for walkers. However, the Medicaid coverage amount you get for your walking aid depends on your state.
Although these two government programs have various requirements, your walker must be a medical necessity, a product from a Medicaid/Medicare-approved supplier, and cost-effective. Sometimes, these agencies may determine that they will cover a walker rental instead of a purchase, depending on your diagnosis.
What are the different types of walkers?
There are five types of walkers: standard walker, two-wheel walker, three-wheel walker, four-wheel walker, and knee walker. With four rubber-tipped legs, the standard requires you to pick it up with every step, making it a good stability aid for short distances. You can walk further with a two-wheel walker with some weight-bearing stability. For more balance support over a longer distance, the three-wheel walker provides as much support as a four-wheeler while being more maneuverable. If you don’t need a walker to lean on for balance, the four-wheel walker is a good option. Knee walkers differ from other walkers because it bears the entire weight of your injured leg while you propel yourself with the able leg.
What is an upright walker?
An upright walker falls into the specialty walkers’ category. Although it has four wheels and a shape like a rollator, the upright walker’s handles extend much higher than a rollator’s until it reaches elbow height. The points of contact are the hands on the grips, and the forearm on the armrests, taking the pressure off your back, legs, wrist, and ankles. Like the rollator, it has a seat to rest when you get fatigued. You can also add walker accessories to it.
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