If you require temporary support for getting around, the Health Service is responsible for providing 'personal mobility aids'. People who need long term mobility aids may receive help from their local trust.
Getting advice and aid
For temporary walking aids, you will usually need a recommendation from a physiotherapist who will advise on the right equipment for you.
Referrals to physiotherapists can come through your:
- local hospital
- community health service
- local health centres
- doctor (GP)
Personal mobility aids can include:
- walking sticks
- zimmer frames
- other walking aids
Getting walking aids
The Health Service provides such equipment on loan. It is not allowed to charge for equipment, but in some cases you may be asked to pay a returnable deposit.
Aids needed for long term use may be obtained via assessment by an occupational therapist from your local trust who will also be able to advise you about voluntary organisations and private companies that may also be able to help.
- Equipment and aids (people with disabilities section)
- Occupational therapists (people with disabilities section)
- Physiotherapists (people with disabilities section)
- Support on leaving hospital (people with disabilities section)
- Wheelchairs (people with disabilities section)
- Health assessments (people with disabilities section)