FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I use a walker with 2 wheels? 4 wheels?
Wheeled walkers are mobility aids for people who can stand on both legs. If you can stand and walk with assistance, you can safely use a walker. The first step to using a walker is adjusting the top bars to the right height. Typically, the hand grips should be even with the creases of your wrists as your arms hang comfortably at your sides. Your posture should be upright, and your feet should be between the back legs (or wheels). Next, get a comfortable grip on the handles and walk close to your walker. If you have an injured or weak leg, push your walker forward and step toward it with the wounded or weak leg first, followed by the healthy leg.
What is the difference between a rollator and a wheeled walker?
A rollator and a wheeled walker primarily differ in the degree of weight-bearing assistance they provide. Since a rollator provides very little weight-bearing assistance, you should not use rollators if your doctor advises you to be non-weight bearing, partially weight bearing, or featherweight bearing. Wheel walkers like the Deluxe Bariatric Walker with Dual 5" Wheels offer the maximum weight-bearing assistance by supporting up to 500 lbs. Another significant difference is rollators are more comfortable for longer trips. Most of them have built-in seats and handbrakes to accommodate you better while resting.
Will Medicare cover my wheeled walker?
Medicare Part B pays 80% of the cost of walkers with wheels. However, you must get a prescription from a Medicare-enrolled doctor confirming that the walker is a medical necessity for you. Additionally, your medical equipment supplier must be a Medicare enrollee, and you must pay your deductible and the remaining 20% of the cost before Medicare covers the rest. Medicare can decide whether your mobility aid should be a rental or a single payment purchase.
What are the different types of walkers with wheels?
Depending on your need, there is a wide variety of walkers on wheels on the market. Besides a standard walker like the Deluxe Trigger Release Folding Walker, there are walkers like the 1-Class Lightweight Folding Paddle Walker with 5" Wheels for people with minimal upper body strength and bariatric walkers for those requiring extra weight support. If you need additional or specialized support, a pelvic stabilizing posterior walker or drive-side walker may suit you.
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