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Get a Grant for a Wheelchair

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 by morethan

If you are looking for a new wheelchair and you would like some help with funding your first point of contact should be yourlocal statutory services (Social Services or NHS).

In most areas of the UK the issuing of NHS wheelchairs are usually the responsibility of your local Wheelchair Services.  Depending on your condition you may be referred to Wheelchair Services by your GP, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist (OT).

When you are invited to Wheelchair Services you should receive a full assessment of your needs.  They will take leg and body measurements, check your upper body strength and ability to transfer into the wheelchair to try to establish the best wheelchair for you.

There are a range of wheelchairs to choose from:

Ideally, they should take into account all your needs including how often you will use the wheelchair and where you will use it.  Whatever their decision the wheelchair chosen for you will remain the property of the NHS and they will be responsible for servicing and maintenance. Not everyone will receive a wheelchair as they are usually only issued for individuals with long term mobility difficulties.

What are wheelchair vouchers?

If you are eligible for an NHS wheelchair you will be given the option of a wheelchair voucher to use towards the purchase of a privately funded wheelchair.

The value of the voucher will vary as the amount will reflect the cost of basic wheelchair suitable for your needs. The voucher is given instead of a wheelchair.

By accepting a voucher you are in control of your wheelchair choice and you will own the wheelchair, as you own the wheelchair you will be responsible for all repair costs – this can be considerable as tyres wear out (and burst!) and seating covers/batteries may need replacing. Occasionally a funding charity may cover some or all of the maintenance costs if they have contributed to the cost of the wheelchair. Once you accept a voucher you will not be able to return to wheelchair services for 5 years (3 years for children).

When you are ready to choose a particular wheelchair please visit our More Than Mobility website. We have a wide range of wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories for you to choose form.   Our lightweight aluminium wheelchairs start from as little as £99 and free courier delivery!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team