My mom recently has been reluctant to leave the house. She feel the other day in front of our home. Our driveway is on a slope and mom feels as if she will fall again if she leaves the house. I am thinking of getting her a rolling walker. I was at Walgreens the other day and saw a triangle shaped walker with large wheels at $85. Can anyone tell me if this walker is covered by Medicare? I don’t want to pay for it and wait to get reimbursed. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Often times as a Medicare agency we are asked to coordinate a rolling walker for a patient who may be unsteady on their feet. Here is what is required to receive a rolling walker paid for under Medicare every five years. It is a standard two wheeled walker and proper documentation justifying a need is required.
Documentation such as a physicians notes or history and physical conducted in a hospital, skilled nursing and rehab center or physicians office setting stating the need within the notes should also be sent to qualify for a rolling walker.
Rolling walker qualifying include:
* Detailed description of the item and accessories
* The beneficiary’s full name
* An ICD-9-CM diagnosis code
* Start date of the order
* The length of need
* Physician’s signature and date
I haven’t been in that line of business since 2014, but at least up until then, Medicare was willing to pay for a standard folding walker but if you wanted a rollator you had to pay for it yourself. In my 20 years in the DME industry, that was always a retail-only item.
The good news is that they’re not expensive if as long as you shop smart. Here’s one example I found of one relatively inexpensive rollator: https://goo.gl/nwbcFI.