So, you’ve found your ideal new mobility product. Perhaps it’s a neat and zippy new powerchair or a shiny and luxurious mobility scooter. Whatever it may be, it’s never long before the usual question arises. “How do I pay for it?”. There are more options than you think to help you financially. Here are some of the choices available to help you find the right route for you.
If you’re new to powered mobility products and unsure, a good idea is to rent a mobility scooter to get familiar with the controls and test drive it. It also means you can get familiar with maintaining the scooter and learning charging routines. Best of all, if it’s not for you, you can give it back! Powered wheelchairs take a little more getting used to. Their controls are much more sensitive than a mobility scooter and it’s for your safety that you most retailers won’t allow rentals on powerchairs. Mobility Solutions’ offers mobility scooters to hire from £15 a day.
If you’re looking for a scooter or powerchair to use most of the time, the Motability Scheme Is one of the most comprehensive ways of paying for it. The great thing about the Mobility Scheme is the fact that all your insurance and servicing is included in one single monthly payment. You are essentially hiring out a scooter for a period of three years after which time you can choose to swap the product for a new model or buy to own your existing power item. To be eligible for the scheme, you’ll need to be receiving the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance, the Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment or another similar allowance. For more information or to find out if you’re eligible, head to the Motability Scheme’s website.
This Government Scheme aims to help you and your employer work together for a solution if you find your mobility is affecting your work or your ability to stay in your job. If Access to Work determines that a powered mobility product is what you require, they will work with your employer to help you get working again. Find out more information on the Government Access to Work website.
Charity Funded Grants
If you have a specific condition, you can usually find a charity that provides advice and support. Sometimes, the charities can supply you with a donation that will either cover the cost or go towards your mobility product. Mobility retailer, TGA has compiled a list of charities and contact details to help you get in touch. Find them on TGA’s website.
The final alternative is buying your new product on finance. This is when, after a successful credit check, you set up a payment plan for the product, after which you’ll own it outright. Talk to your local mobility supplier, who can give you more information on the finance companies they recommend.