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Posted by Bruce on October 16, 2000 at 20:27:20:

In Reply to: Re: "Road test" of the U step walker posted by Lory on October 15, 2000 at 08:56:11:

: : Because their seemed to be some interest in this walker, I thought I would report my experience using it. It took about one month to receive it and the one I have has a brake on each handle which I have to squeeze in order to use it. I am not certain, but they might customize it for your needs, because I did ask for the brakes. Overall, it performs like the company described, but their is one serious defect in the walker. When I attempted to adjust the height, I couldn't do it. So I thought it was just me and the pd causing the problem and I loaded it up and visited my neighbor to help me. It took two husky men who are good at fixing things, about 45 minutes to adjust it and they had a hard time getting it done. If you can get past that problem, it works very well and takes less effort then the old lift and walk type. It was designed to be used on a smooth surface, like in the house or on a paved surface. I tried walking with it on the lawn and it still performed fairly well. The wheels are adjustable to change the speed. It has a small basket and a padded seat to rest, In spite of the one problem, I don't regret buying it. Medicare does pay for most of the cost. Bruce
: Bruce, thanks for the update. I have given the information to our Medical Director and to the Therapists at work. I will continue to give them feedback as you deliver it. I'm a long ways from needing one, so I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Lory

Lory, My sister told me that she checked to see if medicare would cover it if she ordered the walker, and she said medicare would only pay if the patient has a neurological disease. I havn't had any problems with the performance of the walker. Yesterday morning I was having some off time,which means I am weak and can't walk. I used the walker and I did get to where I wanted, but it wasn't easy. One other thing is the walker is a little heavier than the old types and it does fold down, but it is a little large to put into a shopping cart. It would fill up the basket. So I had to go back to the old one to shop for groceries. Bruce

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