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Where do I buy a walker?
Financial Assistance

Can I receive financial assistance to purchase my walker?

How do I find a therapist?

Where do I buy a walker?

Can I receive financial assistance to purchase my walker?Your eligibility for financial assistance will be dependent on many factors. There are numerous options for funding assistance but the availability and eligibility criteria is dependent on factors such as: where you live, the disability that you have or your diagnosis, your income and your age.  

There are three general categories of funding assistance. 

Government programs:

Eligibility criteria differ between provinces but generally include residency in the province, and the length of time the equipment is needed. Many programs stipulate that they will only pay for the most “basic and essential” walker that meets your needs. Your choice of walker may be limited to a few approved models. Depending on the program, the government may purchase your walker for you or lend you a walker from a recycling pool. 

Funding is found at all governmental levels. Your search should include:

  • National, Provincial and Municipal levels of government
  • Welfare and Disability supported pensions
  • Return to work initiatives for the disabled
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Native Affairs
  • Income Tax deductions
  • Reduced or no sales tax on medical items
  • Charities that have agreed to administer the program on behalf of the government

3rd Party Payment (Insurance):

  • Privately paid insurance (ie Green Shield, Blue Cross)
  • Insurance Benefits through your work place
  • Auto insurance if you have been injured in a vehicle accident
  • Workmen’s Compensation Programs if your need for  a walker is related to the workplace accident.

Charities / service clubs:

  • Disease / disability specific associations (ie: MS Society, ALS Society, War Amps, Canadian Paraplegic Association, Cancer Society)
  • Community Clubs (ie: Rotary Club, Lion’s Men) and Community Centres
  • Cultural centres which support immigrants
  • Red Cross, March of Dimes for adults
  • Easter Seals for children

It’s often possible to piece together a funding plan where one source of funding can be used to top up another. It can be confusing to navigate the system so a therapist or social worker in your area may be able to guide you in seeking funding or reducing your costs.  Many vendors who specialize in the sale of durable medical equipment are helpful in guiding you towards the correct funding programs. Most funding agencies require a letter from a therapist confirming your need and your safety with the walker.


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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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