Thanks for visiting our web site. I know that medicare and most health insurance programs provide free test strips and will also pay for the glucose meter. If your family member is eligible for that, then it will be possible to get the strips.
If you have to buy the meter and strips, you might want to know that some glucose meters have very expensive test strips, while others are much cheaper. Here's a link to a site that compares the cost of the glucometer and test strips to help make an economical choice. In addition, in some cases you can get a free glucose meter if you purchase the test strips. Note that some meters require a larger blood sample (less is less painful, using a smaller needle to draw blood) and many test strips are sold by the "50" count rather than the "100" count, not necessarily making them cheaper.
Often you will find that your local chain pharmacy has their own brand of meters and test strips that are significantly cheaper than major brands.
We offer some links below for your information, we are not recommending this company, but the info is current and can be useful for comparison.
Here is a link with prices for glucose meters:http://www.diabetesstore.com/meterchart.asp
This is the link with prices for test strips for various meters:http://www.diabetesstore.com/listitems.asp?category=gts&catname=Glucose+Test+Strips
For more information about diabetes including a way to use your glucometer to create a custom diabetic diet, check out this link:http://www.diabetes-guide.org/glucose-meter.htm
If you'd like to contact someone locally who might be able to help you with diabetes information, here's a web site link from the American Diabetes Association:http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/
Best of luck in finding what you are looking for.