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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 12:47 PM

We can't even get a rolling-walker through Medicare


For my father-in-law.

The supplier "Apria" only has them with baskets (which he needs for his extra oxygen tank and supplies) and OBTW we haven't seen them without.

The required prescription for the walker from the Doctor cannot include a basket according to Medicare because they are deemed "not medically necessary". This is what the doctor's office is telling us.

So we are stuck going back and forth to maddening degrees.

The crackdown on Medicare fraud has caused much grief with it's unintended consequences. I am sure we are not alone.

Fucking Rick Scott can be Governor of Florida yet we are catching hell trying to get an old man a rolling walker.


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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:08 PM

1. Try craigslist, in Philly 3rd item had wheels...$20!!!

 




$20..............

I find everything I need 95% of the time for 25% the price of new on craigslist.

In Florida this should take 30 seconds.


Old g/f's 84 yo Mother broke her hip, we found a spare walker at Goodwill for cheap last year, with all the retiree's in FL is should take less time to find a used one cheap than to fight on the phone.

Good Luck, I am sure this will be a piece of cake.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:10 PM

2. The problem might be with your provider.

It couldn't hurt to check with different providers. Medicare provided my walker, with basket and seat. Just presented the prescription to my oxygen provider (Lincare), they brought out a new walker, unpacked it, assembled it, and adjusted the hand rests to my specs.

Our local Eldergarten also has a roomful of assistive devices that have been donated; they make them available for a very tiny "rental" fee. Perhaps you can find something similar in your area.

Good luck!

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:27 PM

3. Some towns offer them to elderly residents through senior/elder care centers.

My MIL got a wheelchair and some other devices for free. When she passed on, we returned them for others to use.

Ask around.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:46 PM

4. Try fundraising on the internet. There are wish list type websites.

You'll need to rely on private charity. Good luck.

This is how the RW wants it.

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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:55 PM

5. walkers are only $25 or so around here with a basket a few bucks more nt

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