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How to Get a Mobility Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 10 Jan 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Mobility Grant Paying For A Wheelchair

Being disabled can make everyday tasks difficult to complete, but there are ways to ease the cost of purchasing the equipment you require.If you need a manual wheelchair, you can access the voucher scheme that will cover part, or all, of the cost, or you can contact voluntary organisation, Mobility Scheme, that allows hire or purchase of a powered wheelchair.

The voucher scheme was created to widen the choice of wheelchairs available to disabled people. Each region has a locally assigned service that decides how the scheme is applied.

Options

When you have your initial assessment for your need for a wheelchair, you will be given three options. Firstly, the standard option allows you access to a wheelchair and any repairs or maintenance for free.

The partnership option means that you can choose an alternative wheelchair to the one that you were assessed as needing - so basically, you can purchase one of a higher standard than that provided by the NHS.In order to do this, you will have to pay the difference between the actual cost of the wheelchair and the voucher that you have been provided with.The wheelchair you choose will still be maintained and repaired for free, provided you choose a wheelchair from a supplier that is approved by your local service.

The third is the independent option. This is similar to the one above, but you own the wheelchair outright and are solely responsible for its upkeep. However, you will be eligible for a voucher to cover the expected cost of repairs and maintenance.

The Mobility Scheme is another option for wheelchair users. Now, although this scheme doesn't offer wheelchairs for free, they do provide disabled people with the option to buy or hire powered wheelchairs at an affordable price.

The Scheme is available to anyone who receives either the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement.Those who take advantage of this scheme are usually not eligible for an NHS wheelchair, or they have chosen to buy or hire the wheelchair themselves. Some are referred to the scheme by charities such as the British Red Cross.And, when it comes to learning how to use your new wheelchair, organisations such as Whizz-Kidz are on hand to help out.

Adapting Your Home

Disabled Facilities Grants are available from local councils to help pay for necessary adaptations to your home.Formed by the government, this grant enables disabled people to adapt their home so that they can continue to live there, including the building of ramps to enable wheelchair access.

You can apply for a Disabled Facilities grant if yourself, or someone else living in your home, is disabled, one of you either owns or is a tenant of, the property and you can certify that you, or the person who you are applying for, will occupy the property for five years.

The first step in this process is to request that an occupational therapist come out and assess your home. This will provide you with a better idea of what adaptations you will require. Then you can start the application process. Firstly, you need to contact your local council - specifically the housing or environmental health department.

It is important to bear in mind that your application won't be accepted if you have already started carrying out the work on your property, but the council are under obligation to notify you of the outcome of your application within six months.

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Berni - Your Question:
Hi I have a motability car but it is coming to the end of the 3 years and I no longer have anyone to drive it so looking to get a motability scooter instead however I don't have anywhere to store it is there any way to get a grant for a concrete pad and a building ie shed to house it.Thank you

Our Response:
You may be eligible for a Disabled facilities grant ?
GrantsExpert - 12-Jan-18 @ 1:46 PM
Hi Ihave a motability car but it is coming to the end of the 3 years and I no longer have anyone to drive it so looking to get a motability scooter instead however I don't have anywhere to store it is there any way to get a grant for a concrete pad and a building ie shed to house it. Thank you
Berni - 10-Jan-18 @ 5:35 PM
Slowey - Your Question:
I live in n.i can I get a grant for a mobility car

Our Response:
Here a link to the NI Motability scheme.
GrantsExpert - 18-Apr-17 @ 10:21 AM
I live in n.i can i get a grant for a mobility car
Slowey - 15-Apr-17 @ 11:10 AM
I have pulmonary fibrosis and I am on oxygen l live alone. I would to afford a scooter so I can have some freedom I am on the high rate mobility Where can I get a grant to help me but one Thank you
Bridie - 2-Apr-17 @ 3:54 PM
Vv - Your Question:
Hi I have just lost my husband who was my career I have my owne car with a manual ramp for my scooter but I can't manage to work it could I get any help to have a tail lift fitted to my car as at the moment I am house bound unless I get someone to come with me but I hate asking anybody when someone comes with you you feel obliged to be a quick as possible when my husband was here we could go shopping for a couple of hours and go round the shops but at the moment that isint possible hope someone can advise me viv

Our Response:
You could try Motability. Also try Turn 2 us which has a grant search facility and Entitled To which has a benefits calculator and can tell you if you're entitled to anything else.
GrantsExpert - 21-Mar-17 @ 1:57 PM
Hi I have just lost my husband who was my career I have my owne car with a manual ramp for my scooter but I can't manage to work it could I get any help to have a tail lift fitted to my car as at the moment I am house bound unless I get someone to come with me but I hate asking anybody when someone comes with you you feel obliged to be a quick as possible when my husband was here we could go shopping for a couple of hours and go round the shops but at the moment that isint possible hope someone can advise me viv
Vv - 18-Mar-17 @ 6:21 PM
Littleegg - Your Question:
Hi.I care for my mum who suffered a stroke she can't get out the house unless I take her. I'm finding it hard as I'm a single mum of 2. She would love her own independace and was wondering if we could get help with a electric wheelchair or scooter. I don't drive so she doesn't get very far

Our Response:
Is your mother in receipt of any kind of mobility allowance etc? Here is a useful resource that lists all the places you can access benefits or grants for disabilities.
GrantsExpert - 15-Feb-16 @ 12:34 PM
Hi ..I care for my mum who suffered a stroke she can't get out the house unless I take her. I'm finding it hard as I'm a single mum of 2. She would love her own independace and was wondering if we could get help with a electric wheelchair or scooter. I don't drive so she doesn't get very far
Littleegg - 12-Feb-16 @ 2:22 PM
@wheels. You may also be able to get some assistance from a care organisation if you need it. Ask social services for some information in the first instance. You may also find information on additional grants via the Turn to Us organisation.
GrantsExpert - 13-Feb-15 @ 11:37 AM
@help. Here's how to apply for a disabled facilities grant.
GrantsExpert - 12-Feb-15 @ 11:43 AM
I have had 4 motability cars on the motability scheme now and my carer has put my wheelchair in the boot over the years but has now got medical problems that is making this nearly impossible, she now needs knee replacements and has arthritis in her spine, when she is in bad pain she can't go out at all and that means i'm also house bound as i can't put my wheelchair in the boot myself as i can't walk at all, i hope to get a w.a.v maybe a second hand one even that allows me to go out alone and when my carer goes with me it would mean she wouldn't have to lift the chair at all, would there be anyway i could get any financial aid with the down payment ashave no way of paying the deposit on such a vehicle any help you could give me would be very greatfully recieved. Thankyou Dawn Owen
wheels - 10-Feb-15 @ 7:49 PM
I am in receipt of the highest mobility is . it possible to get a grant for having a hoist fitted in my car. I have a small scooter in the boot, my husband is now 76 and has angina soI worry about him lifting it in and out of the car. .
help - 9-Feb-15 @ 2:41 PM
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