If the need for a wheelchair or mobility scooter is new to you or a family member, figuring out where to start can be a daunting task. Luckily the BHTA have published a comprehensive guide to help make things as easy as possible.
What is the BHTA?
The British Healthcare Trade Association works to help people live more independently, with over 500 member companies, who make or sell healthcare and assistive technology products.
Being a member of the the BHTA means a company must follow the Code of Practive set out, this means those who require assistance get the right advice and guidance about the products designed to make life easier. Members of the BHTA are initially approved by the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme (CCSA), thereafter BHTA ensures the code is complied with.
Being a BHTA member means Mobility Solutions will never pressure you into buying a product that isn’t right for you, instead we will use our experience to make sure the product that meets your circumstances is what you end up with.
Get Wise Leafets
BHTA have published a host of useful guides in leaflet form to help with in an array of areas, this includes;
- Get Wise to pressure ulcer prevention in sitting
- Get Wise to flying with a disability
- Get wise to making sure your wheelchair remains stable
- Get wise to using public transport
- Get wise to buying a mobility vehicle
- Get wise to getting more from your battery
- Get wise to buying a stairlift
You can view all guides on the BHTA website.
The latest new guidance document from BHTA is Get wise to Accessing a Wheelchair or Mobility Scooter, and is a great tool to help if you need a wheelchair or mobility scooter, you’re not sure where to go and how to access one, or just knowing your options.
The best place to start is the NHS, after being referred to your local NHS wheelchair service by your GP, you can discuss your individual needs and circumstances.An assessment may be done – if you meet the criteria and it is agreed you require a wheelchair they will then provide you with one, the NHS does not provide mobility scooters. You will then have the choice of using your Personal Wheelchair Budget or requesting a voucher to buy a wheelchair from your mobility retailer of choice.
If funding is an issue there are many charities out there who can help you and will have connections to a BHTA mobility retailer.
If you would prefer the option of easy payments over an agreed amount of time, finance might be the preferred method of funding for you. You can find out more about Mobility Solutions finance options here.
The Motability Scheme
The Motability Scheme can also help, if you are eligible, the scheme can provide you with a scooter or powerchair, find out more about Motability here.
Once you have your new wheelchair or mobility scooter remember it’s a good idea to think about protection for your new products, removing the worry of expensive repairs can be done for small monthly payments. Mobility Solutions offers insurance options on powered products. All powered products from Mobility solutions come with a 12 month warranty, parts and labour* in case anything should go wrong in the first year.