How to Get a Rollator Walker with Medicare
Medicare will help pay for your walker or rollator if you meet the medical requirements. More people in North America use walkers than wheelchairs. The walker offers support to the elderly who have compromised balance, strength and endurance in their walking. They stabilize walking, prevent falls and even help to carry objects. Using a rollator walker is similar to pushing a shopping cart. To obtain a rollator walker through Medicare you must first visit your doctor to get a prescription and then purchase it through a supplier who accepts Medicare payments.
Get a Prescription from Your Doctor
Visit your doctor or physical therapist and ask him to write a prescription for the type of walker that would be best for you. Your doctor will place a note in your medical records explaining why you need a walker.
Check Your Supplemental Insurance
Check your Medicare Advantage Plan for their policy for medical equipment. Check your supplemental insurance plan to see if it will pick up the costs that Medicare does not cover. For other insurances call your insurance company and ask what their policy is for reimbursement of a walker.
Find a Medicare Supplier
Find a medical supplier in your area or online that supplies medical equipment and who take Medicare Insurance. Ask what their procedure is for purchasing a walker using Medicare and how much Medicare will cover. You may need to cover part of the expense.
Visit a medical supply store and study the options available for walkers. Choose between a standard walker, walker with wheels, rollator, rollator transport chair, three legs or four legs. Try a few out to decide which one will be right for you. You can purchase the walker from the store or shop online to find the best price for your walker that fits your needs.
Replace Old Walkers Rollators
Replace your walker rollator after about five years of use or sooner if needed. The wheels, brakes and handles can wear over time. Check out the current benefits that Medicare offers to see if you would qualify for a new replacement walker. Get a new prescription from your doctor or therapist to receive a new rollator walker. Keep on Walking!