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Do I need a therapist to buy a walker?

Do I need a therapist to buy a walker?How do I find a therapist?

Can I receive financial assistance to purchase my walker?

Buying the best walker for yourself, with the most appropriate accessories, is often not a simple choice. Sometimes the selection of one style of walker over the other, or adding one specific accessory can change your function, safety, and confidence in using the walker. Many people are able to purchase their own walker by themselves or with the help of family and friends. But others may need a therapist to help balance the pros and cons of the different styles of walkers and accessories.

We recommend seeking the guidance and assistance of a therapist if any of the following situations applies to you:

  • You have never used a walker before and need to learn how to use it safely
  • You have recently experienced an unexplained or unanticipated change in your ability to walk
  • Your physical condition or diagnosis is expected to improve or deteriorate in the next 6 months
  • You need financial assistance to purchase a walker
  • You aren’t sure of what style of walker to purchase (i.e. wheels/no wheels)
  • You aren’t sure how to set up your walker (i.e.: height of hand grips)

How a therapist can assist me? ...


Choosing the Right Walker

You’ll need to consider much more than physical ability.
What about the environment and social supports?

Do You Need a Therapist?

And if so, how do you find a therapist?
We have a number of associations you may contact.

Where to Purchase a Walker

You have options and we have recommendations.
There is also financial assistance available to you.

Using a Walker Safely

From basic activities to common mistakes, here’s a guide to help you use your non-wheeled walker or wheeled walker safely and effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly given answers. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to contribute and help others.

Case Studies

Professionally prepared resources that offer guidance to a successful thought process based on past experiences.


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