Am I eligible for a wheelchair or other equipment?
Outdoor-only powered wheelchairs or mobility scooters are not provided.
Electrically powered wheelchairs are provided in certain circumstances, there are two options available:
Indoor-only powered wheelchairs
This type of chair is for use around your home environment, including garden, if it is accessible. They may also be used around school and day centres if there is an element of supervision.
An indoor-powered wheelchair must be used full-time to support mobility.Your home environment must be suitable for powered wheelchair use before one can be provided.
Indoor/outdoor powered wheelchairs
This type of chair is suitable for using inside your home as well as outdoors.
To be eligible for an assessment for an indoor/outdoor powered wheelchair you must be using indoor powered equipment on a full-time, regular basis for all your mobility.
To use this chair, your property must be fully accessible inside and outside.
Medical clearance from your GP and completion of a successful outdoor driving assessment is required before outdoor driving is permitted.
A time period is required to allow familiarisation with an indoor powered wheelchair before an indoor/outdoor assessment can be undertaken. This is likely to be within three - six months after the chair is provided.
Important notes regarding electrically powered wheelchairs:
- outdoor-only powered wheelchairs or mobility scooters are not provided.
- you have to meet the criteria for wheelchair provision to be considered for a powered wheelchair.
- wheelchair provision is based primarily on your clinical needs. Equipment choice may mean that changes have to be made to your home environment or transport choices.
- property adaptations and access to an accessible vehicle are your responsibility
Buggies for Children
Children, whose mobility needs cannot be met by a regular pushchair, can have a buggy or a wheelchair. A double buggy is available if more that one child has a disability. Each child is also entitled to a single buggy. If only one of your children has a disability we are able to provide a voucher towards the cost of a suitable double buggy.