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Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:14 PM

Might be a stupid question. Is there anything I need to look at when I pick up my walker?

AHCCCS is sending to a place to pick one up, but I don't know if there is anything I need to check on it to make sure it won't like fall apart on me when I walk out the door, sorta speak.
This is whole new territory for me, I don't know what to look for....

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Reply Might be a stupid question. Is there anything I need to look at when I pick up my walker? (Original post)
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 OP
irisblue Jun 2019 #1
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #2
irisblue Jun 2019 #4
handmade34 Jun 2019 #3
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #5
handmade34 Jun 2019 #6
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #9
MuseRider Jun 2019 #7
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #8
handmade34 Jun 2019 #10
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #11
hedda_foil Jun 2019 #12
irisblue Jun 2019 #13
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #14
irisblue Jun 2019 #15
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #16
CountAllVotes Sep 2 #17
Lady Freedom Returns Sep 2 #18

Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:15 PM

1. What is AHCCCS?

If you have any choice at all, get a rollator with a seat. Rollators, usually have a basket under the seat & hand brakes. I have a cane, 4 legged walker and a rollator, that is most useful for me. Get a light a one as you can, sometimes folding down the walker to put it into a back seat is a struggle when my arms are weaker that day.
Periodically, check the interlocks & break.

I've had no real issue with any of mine

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Response to irisblue (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:18 PM

2. Stupid tablet changed the word on me....

It was supposed to be walker.
AHCCCS is Arizona's version of Medicaid.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:22 PM

4. Damn you autocorrect!🤣

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:19 PM

3. do you know the brand?

have they chosen one for you to pick up or can you choose?

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:24 PM

5. Don't know the brand.

The doctor sent them paperwork that told them it has to be a 4 wheeled one. And they will have it ready for me.
Just waiting for AHCCCS to call back with what place.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:40 PM

6. ...

the brand "DRIVE" is excellent... even the less expensive ones aren't bad... just make sure the brakes are good if it a 4 wheeled walker.

My partner uses one and I am looking at one for my son (he just had an accident with a TBI) Good Luck!

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:45 PM

9. Breaks????

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:41 PM

7. Make certain the brakes work

and work well. Nothing like having something scoot out from under you when you actually need it for support. Happened to my brother.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:44 PM

8. Are they like bike breaks or something else?

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 02:57 PM

10. ...

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #10)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 03:45 PM

11. Those are 4 wheel walkers!

Seen those used by people but thought they were a type of wheelchair. Now I feel stupid.
Do they all come with seats like that? And are they easy to fold up on the bus?
I have a lot to learn....

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 03:57 PM

12. Make sure it's adjusted properly for your height.

I'm SO glad your illness is finally being treated seriously, LFR. With an MS diagnosis, you can apply for (and get) Social Security Disability, which can make all the difference for you. If treatment works as well as it should, you can even try working part time while on SSDI without losing it if you have a setback. In any case, it helps to start building a file with them as soon as possible.

My brother has had MS since 1976, when he was 26. He had two very serious flareups, where the entire right side of his body was paralyzed in '76-'77, but then experienced almost complete remission. He went onto get his degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, and practice this hands-on profession for almost 40 years. He retired at age 67 two years ago.

He had a new flare-up a year or so that has left his legs weak, so after 43 years with MS, he finally has had to use a walker or two canes to get around. Of course every case is different, but there's been a lot of progress with the disease in the meantime.

Best of luck, LFR. It sounds like your luck is finally on the upswing, after several absolutely terrifying months.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:39 AM

13. About the bus & your walker

Many/most transit systems have wheelchair access,that does make it easier for me.

Now can you enroll in the bus system for 'special needs' people?

And how did it go?

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Response to irisblue (Reply #13)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:53 AM

14. Suntran does.

It's just a little more experience than the regular bus. They also have a lot of help on the buses to help. But I just want to make sure I can fold it up because I have seen people be mean to those with walkers and kick them just because.
Don't want these people breaking it on me.
The supplier needs more paperwork from my doctor to turn in to AHCCCS .so Monday I need to call my doctor to have him fax it to them.
But they will deliver it to me so I don't have to fight with my legs to go pick it up.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #14)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 11:09 AM

15. Check if Suntran does sliding scale, getting yourself into that early

Will help alot. Your Drs ppl, may have the paperwork. When I bus it, I sit as close to the driver as I can, for the record

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Response to irisblue (Reply #15)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 12:46 PM

16. I'll check that out on their website.

Depending on the time of day, setting close to the driver is a problem.
I am lucky that AHCCCS does pay for a ride to and from my doctor.
Thanks for the advice! I've got lots to learn.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #14)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 01:32 PM

17. You could have gotten a free one

You should have called 1-800-LEARN-MS and ask for help w/equipment.

I've received two different walkers from them in the past 10 years or so.

One of them has a seat which you really need if you have MS.

Not every one goes into remission.

Proof right here.

MS sucks doesn't it?



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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #17)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 07:15 PM

18. Thanks for the info.

Doctor told me that the damage that is done can't be corrected. The thing now is to keep more from happening.

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