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Will medicare pay for Grandpa's walker?

He has Parkinson's and has become very unsteady on his feet. We worry about him falling so looked into getting him a walker but they are much more expensive than I thought. I am his only living relative and I want to get him a good one but with three small children I don't know how we can budget for it.
Status: Open    Dec 20, 2015 - 11:17 AM

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Dec 22, 2015 - 09:31 AM

Yes, a walker is durable medical equipment which is covered by Medicare with a small copayment.

Dec 22, 2015 - 09:39 AM

Yes, medicare will cover a walker, and most Durable Medical Equipment companies and assist you in obtaining one as well as processing the payment.

Dec 23, 2015 - 01:23 PM

Yes! Medicare will pay for a walker if his MD writes a prescription for it.
I would, though, recommend a physical therapy evaluation (which is also paid for by Medicare) to make sure he gets the appropriate walker because of his diagnosis of Parkinson's. Physical Therapy will be able to see what his immediate needs are and help him (and his family!) find the correct mobility device for his current balance, posture, tremors or if he is "freezing" during walking.

Best of luck!
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