Despite the fact that they are not expensive (you can pick up a walker for around $40) finding free walkers for seniors is an understandable concern due to the fact that many seniors cannot afford them, even if a cheap one is around $40.
Free walkers…or rollators, which is a walker with wheels on it…aid in seniors maintaining their independence and avoiding injury due to falls at the same time.
Now, to assist you in find a free walker or rollator, I am going to give you a few ideas that will help you accomplish this.
First of all, I have listed quite a few organizations that help seniors with mobility assistance on my “free wheelchairs for seniors” blog post [the link will open in a separate window to keep you on this page as well].
However, due to the disparity in costs, walkers are cheaper and as a result there are a few other options you should consider that I list below.
Office of the Aging
I would start any search with a call to my local Office of the Aging. This is the government office, at both the county and state level, that provides assistance to seniors for a variety of services.
Now, they probably will not have a free walker for you, but they might be able to help you in locating a charity or organization that can assist you.
The Lion’s Club is a local organization of business leaders who can assist those in need in the community. The advantage to contacting the Lion’s Club is that they have their ‘ears to the ground’ in the local community and may know not only organizations but individuals looking to donate used equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs to those in need.
I would check the local Goodwill thrift shop to see if they have a walker or rollator. While it may not be free, because you are getting it from a charitable organization you can be assured that you will be getting at the lowest possible price.
Hospitals and Nursing Homes
This may or not work out for you but my idea is worth a shot. Call and few hospitals and nursing homes in your area and ask them what they do with their used equipment. Is it still in working order? Is it available for donation?
More to the point, even if the equipment isn’t fit for donation they may know of a local group that may be able to help you.
All of these ideas are meant for one purpose, to alleviate the suffering of seniors and help them to maintain their independence. If you have any other ideas feel free to insert them below.
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