Posts Tagged ‘Rica’

Guidance on Getting an Electric Wheelchair/Powerchair

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by morethan

The consumer research charity Rica, has published a new guide called “Getting a Powered Wheelchair: a guide to help you choose” – available free online and in print. Between April and July 2014 Rica surveyed 374 disabled people, asking them for their views and experiences of choosing, funding and maintaining a powered wheelchair.

This guide provides unbiased and practical information about:

  • paying for a powered wheelchair, including funding options
  • getting assessed for and how to find out about products on the market
  • types and features of power-chairs and electric wheelchairs

It also provides real life stories by electric wheelchair & powered wheelchair users and a list of useful organisations that can provide further information and support.

Rica asked disabled people about:

  • getting information and advice on choosing a powered wheelchair or electric wheelchair
  • the assessment process
  • funding for a powered wheelchair
  • maintenance and after-sales service
  • any barriers they experienced

Dr Phil Friend OBE and Rica Trustee said: “As an experienced wheelchair user, I know that choosing and buying a powered wheelchair is a crucial decision and it’s important to get it right first time. There are no independent product tests, meaningful reviews or simple guidance to help people through this daunting and often confusing process. Services and support vary depending on where you are, what you need and what funding is available. With more than 300 models available, getting the right one to suit individual needs is vital and this where the new Rica guide can help.”

The survey of 374 powered wheelchair users found that disabled people and their families often struggle to:

  • Locate relevant information about funding options – 48% didn’t get the right information
  • Make an informed choice about provision – over a third (37%) get no assessment
  • Get value for money when buying and maintaining their powered wheelchair – 32% had to fund their own powered wheelchair completely themselves with a quarter (26%) being turned down for NHS funding.

Rica’s report follows a few recent developments in wheelchair services:

  1. My Voice, My Wheelchair, My Life is an online campaign which aims to transform wheelchair services for users and their families
  2. The Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign aims to raise awareness of issues in wheelchair services: “There are around 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK, roughly two per cent of the UK population, and whilst some people receive a good service too many have to wait too long for a wheelchair or to receive a wheelchair that is suitable for their needs”
  3. CECOPS, an independent social enterprise that aims to raise the standard of wheelchair services has introduced comprehensive standards and accreditation guidelines.

More Than Mobility understand how powered wheelchairs have the potential to help many disabled adults to be moreindependent and the correct supportive seating can reduce the need for future medical interventions. We currently have offers on our power-chairs with savings of up to £200!  Do take a look at our electric wheelchair & powerchair range.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Advice on Taking Mobility Scooters on Buses, Trains & Trams

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by morethan

With more than 300,000 mobility scooters in the UK, more mobility scooters are now allowed on public transport.   However, finding which scooter can go on with local bus, train or tram is not easy.

Rica, an independent consumer research charity has created a useful online website listing out which mobility scooters can be used on which buses, trains and trams.

Buses

A code of practice for travel on buses has been developed by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) and mobility scooter users are allowed on the bus if all of the following apply:-

  • the local bus company is running a mobility scooter permit scheme
  • the scooter is a Class 2 type (portable or pavement mobility scooter) and has maximum dimensions of 60cm wide x 100cm long and a turning radius of no more than 120cm
  • the bus company has assessed you in safely using your mobility scooter on the bus.

For more information including which local bus companies are taking part and running a mobility scooter permit scheme please visit:  http://www.rica.org.uk/content/mobility-scooters-buses.

Trains

Train operators are not required to carry mobility scooters but most of them will.

  • All train companies will let you carry a folded up mobility scooter on the train as luggage.
  • Some train companies allow you to travel on your mobility scooter if it meets certain criteria.
  • Some companies run permit schemes for mobility scooter.

For more information on travelling on trains with a mobility scooter please visit:  http://www.rica.org.uk/content/trains#scooter.

Trams

The majority of tram and light-rail services will allow you to travel with a mobility scooter.  Some services have size restricitions and on some services you need to apply for a permit and be assessed to ensure you can maneouvre safely.

For more information on travelling on trams with a mobility scooter please visit:  http://www.rica.org.uk/content/trams-and-light-railways#scooter.

In addition Rica have also produced a Public transport: a guide for older and disabled people covering access on coaches, ferries, travel in London, planes and taxis for deaf, disabled and older people.  To view this guide please visit: http://www.rica.org.uk/content/accessible-public-transport.

We hope you find this information useful and happy travelling on your mobility scooter!

Kind regards

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com