Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

   Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): October 1, 2003

                              INVACARE CORPORATION
             (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

                 (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

            0-12938                                  95-2680965
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     (Commission File No.)                (IRS Employer Identification No.)

               One Invacare Way, P.O. Box 4028, Elyria, Ohio 44036
                    (Address of Principal Executive Offices)

                                 (440) 329-6000
              (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Item 5.   Other Events and Regulation FD Disclosure.

On October 1, 2003,  Invacare  Corporation issued a press release announcing the
sale  of  $100  million  in  senior  notes   through  a  private   placement  to
institutional investors. The press release is filed as exhibit 99.1 hereto.

Item 7.   Financial Statements and Exhibits.

    (c)   Exhibits

          99.1  Press Release, dated October 1, 2003.


     Pursuant to the  requirements  of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                        Invacare Corporation

                                        By: /s/ Gregory C. Thompson
                                        Gregory C. Thompson
                                        Senior Vice President and
                                        Chief Financial Officer

Date:  October 1, 2003

                                 EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit                 Description of Exhibit
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99.1                    Press Release, dated October 1, 2003.