Help with Getting Around Your Home and Community
Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters
If you need a wheelchair to help you get around, the NHS can arrange for an assessment and depending on your circumstances, may be able to get help with the costs involved.
Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading also run a Wheelchair Clinic that can help you obtain the equipment you need. The wheelchair service will only provide wheelchairs to users who are unable to mobilise and who require the wheelchair indoors. Referrals must be completed by a consultant, GP or registered healthcare professional.
If you need a wheelchair, scooter or other mobility equipment for a short period, you can loan on a daily or weekly basis through Newbury Shopmobility.
You can also hire wheelchairs from Newbury Shopmobility, British Red Cross or Mobility Your Way (previously CCF Mobility Ltd)
If you already have a wheelchair and need it to be serviced or adjusted, or intend to purchase one privately or through an NHS voucher, a supplier providing this service in Berkshire is Millbrook Healthcare
Custom Made Equipment
Remap Berkshire provide free custom-made equipment that you could not otherwise buy, to help disabled people live more independent lives. If you think Remap Berkshire could help you with your equipment needs, you can contact Robert Monk on 07845 654967 or by emailing Berks.CaseOfficer@remapgroups.org.uk.
When leaving hospital, West Berkshire Council's Joint Care Provider Service will arrange for any continuing care you might need to help you keep as independent as possible. Our Support Leaving Hospital webpage has further information on this process.
Community Alarms and Technology Enabled Care (TEC) equipment can offer peace of mind to help you feel able to be as independent as possible in your own home.
West Berkshire Council provides a listing of Community Transport services.
Many council-owned car parks have dedicated spaces for Blue Badge holders.
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