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These days there is a wide range of disability equipment available in the UK, which allows disabled people to get out and about independently. Here we give you the lowdown on the main types of mobility equipment to get you or a loved one out of the house.

The most obvious, and perhaps most common, form of mobility equipment is a powered wheelchair. If you are considering investing in one of these, and be aware they can be very expensive, there are a few things to take into account. The most important consideration is the routes on which you will use the wheelchair. Handling a wheelchair over uneven ground, passing pedestrians and crossing roads requires confidence, and therefore it is worth checking the distance you need to travel and the routes you will take before you buy a wheelchair. Unfortunately not all pedestrian routes are suitable for wheelchair users.

As mentioned earlier, powered wheelchairs are expensive so it is certainly worth trying one out before you buy it to ensure the vehicle you purchase suits your needs. Before buying try out and compare different models either at a disabled living centre or a mobility centre.

Another useful type of mobility equipment is a disability scooter or buggy and these are available from the same mobility stores where you find powered wheelchairs. Disability scooters and buggies are generally split into two categories: Class 2 vehicles, which can only be used on pavements and to cross roads, and Class 3 vehicles, which can be used on roads and pavements.

Many disabled people find that scooters and buggies are easier to use and more convenient than powered wheelchairs, particularly if you are planning on travelling longer distances or will have shopping to carry.

If you are deaf or blind then there are a number of products available to help you get out and about safely, such as hearing aids and other forms of assistive technology. For more information about the types of products available for you contact your local social services department, a hearing aid dealer, or an association, such as Action for Blind People or the British Deaf Association.

Whatever type of disability equipment you require to get out of your home safely and independently, use our listings section to find a disability equipment supplier in your area

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