Mobility scooters, wheelchairs and walking aids

If you or someone you know has difficulty walking or getting around, a wheelchair, scooter or walking aid might help you to get around more safely and independently.

Walking sticks, tripod and walking frames offer stability and they come in different styles, weights and materials to suit your needs.

Please be aware that the Council does not provide walking aids. You may wish to speak to your GP surgery or physiotherapist if you need a walking aid.

You can purchase many walking aids yourself from your local pharmacy, supermarket and mobility outlets as well as ordering them on online.

Mobility scooters and wheelchairs

Wheelchairs and scooters make getting around so much easier. There is a wide range to choose from with something to suit everyone, whatever your mobility needs are.

What are the options?

  • Mobility scooters are sturdy, battery-powered vehicles which can carry a heavier weight and are good for frequent usage and longer mileage. They come in a range of sizes - the smaller ones are lightweight can be dissembled for transportation or storage
  • Electric wheelchairs are powered electronically by motors which are fitted to the wheels. You operate the chair by using a joystick control, instructing it to move forwards, backwards, and at what speed. These come in various weights and sizes, and can sometimes be dissembled, or folded away for transportation or storage
  • Manual wheelchairs are manoeuvered by yourself. These are often foldable, meaning that you can transport them in the boot of a car etc.  They come in various weights, and some are ultra-compact, lightweight, and easy to stowaway

It is important to get advice from a wheelchair or scooter specialist before buying one, this could be the person selling them, who you can talk to either in the showroom, or contact directly through the shop’s website. This will help to identify your needs and ensure the correct wheelchair or scooter matches your personal requirements.

Where can I get more information and advice?

If you are unsure as to what equipment you may need, you can contact the following organisations that provide impartial advice and information on independent living.

Living Made Easy

Research Institute for Disabled Consumers

The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers has advice on choosing a mobility scooter.

Contact us

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