How Much Does an Adult Walker Cost?
An adult walker refers to an apparatus that is available to help the handicapped and elderly move around without needed the assistance of another person. When it comes to the world of walkers, there are a variety of choices from which you can choose. Whether you want something simple to roll through the hallway or a specialty walker that can hold all of your belongings, the costs can greatly vary from one type to the next.
How much is it?
- As with most products, the prices of adult walkers vary depending on the brand, quality and the type. Overall, adult walkers can cost from $40 to $300.
- A three-wheel rollator can retail for $80 to $150.
- A four-wheel rollator can cost $70 to $200.
- Simple wheeled walkers can cost anywhere from $30 to as much as $90.
- A standard walker with no wheels can cost $30 to as much as $70.
- A knee walker can cost $150 to as much as $300.
- Specialty walkers that include baskets, oxygen tank holders and other accessories can cost anywhere from $200 to as much as $1,200.
- For example, the Invacare Dual Release Walker retails for $40 to $90.
- Walgreens.com has a variety of walkers that range anywhere from $30 to as much as $250.
What is going to be included?
- The most common types of adult walkers include the 3-wheel rollator, 4-wheel rollator, wheeled, standard, knee walked and customized. A basic walker without wheels tends to be the most common type of walker on the market as well as the cheapest. Most are heavy duty and are best used indoors. Because there are no wheels attached, the user will need to provide maximum stability. A wheeled walker is a walker with wheels. These walkers are ideal for those who need to move around with ease. Most of these walkers will have two wheels in the front and will not swivel from side to side. Lastly, a rollator walker will have wheels on all four legs. This type of walker will offer the greatest range of movement and best mobility options. These wheels can swivel and can also offer hand brakes for the user. However, these are also the hardest to maneuver. These are great for people who need assistance but are not solely reliant upon the walker.
- A knee walker is made for a person who has a broken or injured foot, ankle, or lower leg. This type of walker has a pad on which one knee rests while the other leg holds the weight of the body. This type of walker is used as a replacement for crutches.
- Most of the adult walkers come with a manufacturer’s warranty, unless it is bought used, which typically voids any warranty that comes with it.
- Some walkers have features like pockets for personal belongings, baskets for the same purposes, a holder for oxygen tanks or a pole that can attach IV’s.
- When you purchase the walker from a medical supply store, you may be given a small tutorial of how to properly use the walker.
What are the extra costs?
- Optional accessories such as skis, a simple pouch, tray and covers can cost anywhere from $10 to $30, depending on the product.
- Most of the time when a walker is being purchased, it means that the person using it will need to learn how to use it. Physical therapy is many times considered at the same time as a walker purchase.
- Some of the extra costs to consider when purchasing an adult walker are replacement parts, such as tires and harnesses.
- Some other costs include the cost to add an upgrade to the walker. If the walker you purchased doesn’t have an oxygen tank holder, it will cost extra to put one on it. If you want to add a basket or pouch for personal belongings, that would also cost extra.
Tips to know:
- Buy a walker that makes moving around easier on you. Always check to make sure they are right for you, because there are walkers for kids, adults, and taller adults. You should also decide if you want the traditional walker with rubber stoppers on the legs, wheels on two legs, or if you want a rollator, which is a walker with wheels that come with hand brakes. Make sure that you take your lifestyle into account when deciding on which walker will be best for you.
- Take your height and weight into consideration, as well as your weight lifting capabilities.
- If you plan on traveling outside your home, consider getting a walker that can fold for easy transportation.
- If you need a sitting break from time to time, make sure that your walker is equipped with a seat.
How can I save money?
- You generally do not want to buy the cheapest walker because it can potentially cause harm or even malfunction.
- If buying online, keep your eyes peeled for special promotions and coupon codes.
- If you walker is deemed medically necessary by a doctor, it should be covered by medical insurance.