Mobility & Aids To Daily Living

Many people take getting about for granted but if you’re living with illness or disability it can be a real challenge. Even if you don’t face issues with mobility, some daily activities can present their own challenges.

In both cases, small changes can make a big difference. Here you’ll find information on who to contact to get help with mobility and improving your home environment to make things easier.


Your GP and Occupational Therapy

To obtain aids or equipment contact your G.P. for referral to the Community Occupational Therapist, or contact the Occupational Therapy Team for the area you live in using the details below:

Droitwich

Telephone: 01905 681035

Evesham

Telephone: 01386 502325

Malvern

Telephone: 01684 612636

Pershore

Telephone: 01386 502019

Worcester

Telephone: 01905 681655

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Aidis Trust

The Aidis Trust was founded in 1975 to help disabled people communicate more easily and effectively through technology. Assistive technology involves hardware adaptations and/or software solutions, for example, larger keyboards, head pointers, switches and specialist software ranging from ’cause and effect’ software to more advanced software designed to gain full control of a computer through voice or manual switch input.

Telephone: 0808 8000009

Website: www.aidis.org

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Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems. It allows Blue Badge holders to park close to where they need to go.

The scheme operates throughout the UK and is managed by local authorities, who deal with applications and issue Blue Badges. For details of who to contact to apply in your local area, visit the website below.

Website: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20025/parking/35/blue_badge_parking_scheme

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Care and Repair Worcestershire

If you need advice, support or practical around the home, Care and Repair Worcestershire may be able to help. They are a home improvement agency that provides help to elderly people, people with disabilities and those on a low income who need to repair, improve or adapt their homes.

They are part of the Focus Housing Group and their work is supported by Worcestershire County Council and the six district councils within Worcestershire. Their service is open to all irrespective of whether you own or rent your home

Telephone: 01684 579456

Website: www.careandrepairworcestershire.co.uk

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Concessionary Travel

The English National Bus Concession Scheme offers eligible elderly and disabled people free travel on off-peak local bus services anywhere in England.

Off-peak hours are between 9.30am until 11pm Monday to Friday and all day weekends and bank holidays. To apply, follow the link below.

Telephone: 01905 822766

Website: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20022/
bus_passes_and_concessionary_fares/832/concessionary_travel_scheme

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Deaf Direct

For assistance with hearing impairment contact Deaf Direct

Telephone: 01905 746301

Website: www.deafdirect.org.uk

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TFH (Special Needs Toys)

Range of equipment and toys for children and young people with a disability. Catalogue available.

Telephone: 01299 827820

Website: www.specialneedstoys.com

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Disabled Facilities Grant

A Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant from your local council to help towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there. It can be used for widening doors, installing ramps and improving access in general. See Care and Repair Service above.

For more information, visit: www.direct.gov.uk/Disabled Facilities Grant

To receive the grant an assessment is required from an Occupational Therapist. This can be obtained by contacting your local Occupational Therapy Team.

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Disabled Living Foundation

DLF is one of the UK’s leading health charities. They provide expert and impartial advice to people of all ages, helping them find equipment to assist in the everyday tasks essential to independent living.

Telephone: 0300 9990004

Website: www.dlf.org.uk

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Mobility Vehicle Hire

Mobility Vehicle Hire Companies supply specifically adapted vehicles to cater for the needs of disabled drivers and passengers. Vehicles can be hired on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and they provide a door-to-door delivery and collection service across the UK.

Specialist Vehicle Rental

Website: www.specialistvehiclerental.co.uk

Angel Vehicle Hire

Website: www.angelvehiclehire.co.uk/wheelchair-accessible-vehicles.asp

Adapted Car Hire

Website: www.adaptedcarhire.co.uk

Allied Mobility

Website:http://www.alliedmobility.com/wheelchair-accessible-vehicle-hire

Wheelchair Vehicles

Website: www.theaccessibleplanet.com

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Motability

The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to obtain a car, powered wheelchair or scooter to improve their mobility. This is in exchange for either their Higher Rate Mobility Component of PIP or their War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement.

For further information and to make an application under the scheme contact them using the details below.

Telephone: 0300 456 4566

Website: www.motability.co.uk

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Red Cross

The Red Cross can assist with the short-term loan of wheelchairs, commodes, walking frames and similar, subject to availability

Bradbury Court,
Unit 8,
Berkeley Business Park,
Wainwright Road,
Worcester,
WR4 9GY

Telephone: 01905 450400

Website: www.redcross.org.uk/Medical Equipment

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Shopmobility UK

Shopmobility UK support affiliated local schemes who provide mobility scooters to people with disabilities that enable them to access local shops and amenities. There are several schemes within Worcestershire – find them below:

National Telephone: 08456 442 446

Website: www.shopmobilityuk.org

Bromsgrove

Telephone: 01527 837736

Website: www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/contacts/shopmobility.aspx

Evesham

Telephone: 01386 49230

Website: www.eveshamshopmobility.co.uk

Redditch

Telephone: 01527 69922

Website: www.redditchbc.gov.uk/living/getting-around/shopmobility.aspx

Worcester

Telephone: 01905 610523

Websitewww.crowngate-worcester.co.uk/portfolio/shopmobility

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Abilitynet

Free IT support organisation for disabled people

Telephone: 0800 269545

Website: www.abilitynet.org.uk


Stairlift Reviews

A website that helps make the process of getting a stairlift easier. It has helpful information on Disabled Facilities Grants and other financial aid for home adaptations

Website: http://www.stairliftsreviews.co.uk/grant


Adapt It

Charity helping people with disabilities take advantage of computer technology

Telephone: 0844 4141325

Website: http://www.adapt-it.co.uk


Remap

Remap offers custom made aids for people with disabilities. They operate through a network of volunteers. The professional engineers, technicians and craftspeople along with medical and paramedical staff from community services and hospitals support each other

Telephone: 0845 1300456

Telephone: Worcestershire area 01299 270397

Website: www.remap.org.uk


Arcos (Association for Rehabilitation of Communication and Oral Skills)

A registered national charity providing expert help for children and adults, their families and those working with them. Training courses also available.

Telephone: 01684 576795

Website: www.arcos.org.uk


Disabled Gear

Website for buying and selling second hand disability equipment

Website: www.disabledgear.com


Disabled Equipment Register

Disabled exchange and mart-second hand equipment

Telephone: 07845041678

Website: www.disabilityequipmentservice.co.uk


Regional Disabled Drivers Assessment Centre (Birmingham)

For assessment of individual needs and advice on car adaptations

Telephone: 0845 3371540

Website: www.rdac.co.uk


Sight Concern Worcestershire

Sight Concern has a large display of aids and equipment which can greatly improve the quality of life of someone who has sight problems.

The Bradbury Centre,
2 Sansome Walk,
Worcester,
WR1 1LH

Telephone: 01905 723245

Website: www.sightconcern.co.uk

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Wheelchair and Community Equipment Service

A wheelchair can be obtained from the Wheelchair and Community Equipment Service through your G.P.

Crown Lane,
Wychbold,
Droitwich Spa,
WR9 0BX

Telephone: 01527 869295

Website: www.hacw.nhs.uk

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