Mobility Smart has an excellent reputation for providing wheelchair users with a wide range of wheelchairs and backing this up with expertise and advice, so it's easier to make the right choice when buying a wheelchair.

Our wheelchair range is divided into the main categories below: attendant wheelchairs, as the name suggests, are designed for another person to assist in propelling the wheelchair, whereas self-propelled wheelchairs rely on the wheelchair user to travel under their own physical effort.

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  1. Wheelchair Poncho
    Wheelchair Poncho Item Code: MS10815
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    This Wheelchair Poncho is made from 100% waterproof fabric to ensure maximum protection for both user and wheelchair during unexpected showers.

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  2. The Escape Lite Lightweight Wheelchair
    The Escape Lite Lightweight Wheelchair Item Code: PG10078
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    Highly versatile and allowing the user flexibility the Escape Lite Wheelchair is perfect for use both indoors and outdoors. As well as being extremely lightweight, this attendant-propelled wheelchair offers both comfort and practicality.
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  3. Economy Wheelchair Bag
    Economy Wheelchair Bag Item Code: MS14460
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    This Economy Wheelchair Bag represents exceptional value for money and is an extremely sturdy and useful aid for any wheelchair user.

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    £10.69 with VAT Relief
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  4. Wheelchair Cosy
    Wheelchair Cosy Item Code: MS11894
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    Specially designed to keep wheelchair users dry and warm at all times, this Wheelchair Cosy is both waterproof and fully, fleece lined.

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  5. Drive Lightweight Dual Wheel Powerstroll
    Drive Lightweight Dual Wheel Powerstroll Item Code: MS24244
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    This Drive Lightweight Dual Wheel Powerstroll is a truly cost effective, innovative Wheelchair accessory that transforms standard Wheelchairs into a powered attendant controlled wheelchair.

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    Special Price £469.95 with VAT Relief
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  6. Waterproof Wheelchair Mac
    Waterproof Wheelchair Mac Item Code: MS15990
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    This Waterproof Wheelchair Mac is a protective cover designed to keep the user of a wheelchair warm and dry in inclement weather.

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  7. Smoking Apron
    Smoking Apron Item Code: MS18506
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    This Smoking Apron is a fully fire retardant apron for use in a room set aside for smoker or in a smoking area.
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    Special Price £31.95 with VAT Relief
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  8. Foldalite Trekker Folding Electric Wheelchair
    Foldalite Trekker Folding Electric Wheelchair Item Code: PG30928
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    Manufactured with user comfort in mind, the Foldalite Trekker Folding Electric Wheelchair comes fully equipped with a highly unique contoured cushion, adjustable backrest, footrests and leg guards. For added practicality, the Trekker comes fitted with a useful kickstand for upright storage, this can extremely helpful when space is at a premium.
    From Special Price £2,124.95 with VAT Relief
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  9. Pride Jazzy Air® 2
    Pride Jazzy Air® 2 Item Code: MS28743
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    From the renowned Pride brand comes the all new Jazzy Air® 2, a revolutionary update to the industry renowned Jazzy Air®. The Jazzy Air® 2 Electric Wheelchair boasts ground-breaking features such as a powered elevating seat that raises the user up 12 inches in only 11 seconds, even whilst the chair is moving.
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  10. Lined Wheelchair Poncho
    Lined Wheelchair Poncho Item Code: MS10818
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    Made from 100% waterproof materials, this Lined Wheelchair Poncho is fully lined and designed to keep a user warm and dry at all times whilst also protecting a wheelchair from the elements.

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  11. Wheelchair Cosy - Long
    Wheelchair Cosy - Long Item Code: MS15986
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    This long Wheelchair Cosy is fleece lined and fully waterproof to ensure the user is kept feeling warm and dry at all times.

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  12. 3-in-1 Lightweight Folding Electric Walker
    3-in-1 Lightweight Folding Electric Walker Item Code: MS37129
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    This versatile, unique and innovative 3-in-1 Mobility Aid combines the functionality of a Rollator Walker, Attendant Propelled Wheelchair and Folding Electric Wheelchair in one.

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  13. Flexyfoot Mobility Crutch Bag
    Flexyfoot Mobility Crutch Bag Item Code: MS37098
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    The Flexyfoot Mobility Crutch Bag has been designed with a combination of practicality and style. Perfect for everyday use, the Bag is made from highly resilient, waterproof materials.

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  14. 2022 Pride Jazzy Air® 2 **A Grade Condition**
    2022 Pride Jazzy Air® 2 **A Grade Condition** Item Code: U883920
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    This 2022 Pride Jazzy Air® 2 Electric Wheelchair offers exceptional value for money when compared to buying brand-new as although it is used it has been refurbished to an "A" grade condition.

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    Special Price £1,994.95 with VAT Relief
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  15. Foldalite Trekker Folding Electric Wheelchair **A grade condition**
    Foldalite Trekker Folding Electric Wheelchair **A grade condition** Item Code: U865053
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    This "A" grade Folalite Trekker Folding Electric Wheelchair offers real value for money as it is in a near new condition, meaning all aesthetics are in extremely good condition.

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    Special Price £1,994.95 with VAT Relief
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  16. TGA StrongBack Attendant Wheelchair with TGA Powerpack **A Grade Condition**
    TGA StrongBack Attendant Wheelchair with TGA Powerpack **A Grade Condition** Item Code: U906271
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    This Used TGA Strongback Attendant Propelled Wheelchair represents exceptional value for money and comes fitted with a TGA Powerpack that transforms it from a standard to attendant-controlled to a powered Wheelchair.

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    Special Price £699.95 with VAT Relief
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  17. Rascal P320 Powerchair **C Grade Condition**
    Rascal P320 Powerchair **C Grade Condition** Item Code: U860917
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    The Rascal 320 Electric Wheelchair measures up to half the size of most powerchairs in today’s market, this Rascal P320 is supplied in a "C" grade condition and offers real value for money.

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  18. 4-in-1 Ultra Light Folding Electric Walker
    4-in-1 Ultra Light Folding Electric Walker Item Code: MS37067
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    Designed to provide total freedom and independence, this truly innovative and multi-functional 4-in-1 mobility aid will function as a Walker, Rollator, Transit Wheelchair and Folding Electric Wheelchair making it the perfect companion for those users who are trapped between a wheelchair and walking.

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    Special Price £1,249.95 with VAT Relief
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  19. Hospital Portering Chair
    Hospital Portering Chair Item Code: MS37049
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    The Hospital Portering Chair boasts a stainless steel frame to ensure it can easily withstand the vigours of continuous and everyday use within any healthcare environment.

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  20. Serenade Cushions
    Serenade Cushions Item Code: PG37009
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    Highly versatile, the Serenade Cushion range is suitable for use in a variety of scenarios including on a Wheelchair, Car Seat, at home or in the office and is available in a variety of options dependent on the users' needs, requirements or preferences.

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  21. Invacare A2 Transit Lite Wheelchair
    Invacare A2 Transit Lite Wheelchair Item Code: PG36849
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    The Invacare A2 Transit Lite Wheelchair is the perfect companion for everyday, indoor and outdoor travel. This luxury, lightweight Wheelchair has been designed to provide unrivalled levels of ride comfort at all times, its seat and backrest are incredibly well-padded whilst its large, puncture-proof tyres promote a smooth ride.

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  22. Alerta Bariatric Wheelchair
    Alerta Bariatric Wheelchair Item Code: MS36825
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    This Alerta Bariatric Wheelchair is designed to cater to larger bariatric users. Its aluminium, double crossbar design provides ultimate strength and durability. Although exceptionally strong, the Alerta Bariatric Wheelchair remains remarkably lightweight, weighing just 14.8 kgs (32.5 lbs)

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  23. Robooter X40 Folding Powerchair
    Robooter X40 Folding Powerchair Item Code: PG36762
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    The truly modern and stylish Robooter X40 Folding Powerchair has been carefully constructed to promote an independent lifestyle and provide an ultimate driving experience for the user.

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  24. Deluxe Transport Chair with Bag
    Deluxe Transport Chair with Bag Item Code: MS36750
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    The Deluxe Transport Chair is an incredibly lightweight Wheelchair that can be folded to an extremely compact size and comes supplied with a handy travel bag making it ideal for days out, trips to the shops and holidays.

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    £199.95 with VAT Relief
    £239.94
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  25. Aluminium Attendant-Propelled Transit Wheelchair
    Aluminium Attendant-Propelled Transit Wheelchair Item Code: MS36710
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    This Aluminium Attendant-Propelled Transit Wheelchair is an excellent choice for the occasional user and has been crash-tested which allows it to be safely secured and transported within a motor vehicle.

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  26. Fibre Filled Heel and Elbow Protectors
    Fibre Filled Heel and Elbow Protectors Item Code: PG36592
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    These extremely well-padded Fibre Filled Protectors can be used to protect either the heels or elbows and come supplied in pairs.

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  27. 2021 Quantum Edge 3 Stretto Power Chair **A Grade Condition**
    2021 Quantum Edge 3 Stretto Power Chair **A Grade Condition** Item Code: U890835
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    This used Quantum Edge 3 Stretto Power Chair was built in 2021 and has been fully refurbished to an "A-grade" condition to provide the user with maximum value for money.

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    Special Price £1,999.95 with VAT Relief
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  28. Calibre Folding Wheelchair
    Calibre Folding Wheelchair Item Code: MS36172
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    The Monarch Calibre Folding Wheelchair boasts a premium build quality to provide ultimate strength and durability. Its liquid-coated frame is incredibly lightweight, making this Self-Propelled Wheelchair easy to manoeuvre.

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  29. Ezi-Fold Pro Lightweight Electric Wheelchair
    Ezi-Fold Pro Lightweight Electric Wheelchair Item Code: MS36156
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    This Ezi-Fold Pro Folding Electric Wheelchair is one of the lightest electric wheelchairs on the market that boasts a magnesium and aluminium alloy frame.

    Special Price £1,994.95 with VAT Relief
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  30. Ezi-Fold Automatic Folding Electric Wheelchair
    Ezi-Fold Automatic Folding Electric Wheelchair Item Code: MS36155
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    This Ezi-Fold Automatic Folding Electric Wheelchair is an exceptionally durable and lightweight Powered Wheelchair that boasts a magnesium and aluminium alloy frame.

    Special Price £2,294.95 with VAT Relief
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  31. Invacare Rea Azalea Clematis & Dahlia Complete Headrest
    Invacare Rea Azalea Clematis & Dahlia Complete Headrest Item Code: MS35918
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    With the Invacare Rea Azalea Clematis & Dahlia wheelchair Complete Headrest, wheelchair users can experience improved comfort, enhanced posture support, and an overall better seating experience

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    £166.49 with VAT Relief
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  32. Invacare - Rea Clematis Stock - Medium Table (Inc Mounting Kit)
    Invacare - Rea Clematis Stock - Medium Table (Inc Mounting Kit) Item Code: MS28555
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    The Invacare Rea Clematis Stock - Medium Table is an essential accessory designed to enhance the functionality and convenience of the Rea Clematis range of wheelchairs. This intelligently engineered table provides a sturdy and easily accessible surface for users to place items, making it ideal for various daily activities, such as dining, reading, writing, or using electronic devices while seated comfortably in their wheelchair. Features and Benefits High-Quality Construction: The table is crafted from durable and robust materials, ensuring longevity and reliability. It can withstand everyday use and remains stable even when carrying heavier objects. Generous Tabletop Size: The table features a medium-sized tabletop, providing ample space for placing plates, books, tablets, laptops, or other personal items with ease. Easy Installation: The package includes a mounting kit that enables simple and secure attachment to the Rea Clematis wheelchair. The installation process is user-friendly, and the table can be easily removed or adjusted when necessary. Adjustability: The medium table is designed to be adjustable, allowing users to position it according to their specific preferences and needs. This adaptability ensures optimal comfort and accessibility for each individual. Convenient Swivel Mechanism: The table can rotate or swivel horizontally, enabling users to move it out of the way when not in use or when transferring in and out of the wheelchair. Enhanced Independence: By having easy access to their belongings and necessities, wheelchair users can maintain a higher level of independence, making daily activities more manageable and enjoyable. Practical and Versatile: The table's versatile design suits a wide range of tasks, including eating meals, working on laptops, engaging in hobbies, or simply having a space to keep personal items close at hand. Modern Aesthetics: The table features a sleek and modern design that complements the aesthetics of the Rea Clematis wheelchair, ensuring a cohesive and visually appealing overall look.  

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    £142.32 with VAT Relief
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  33. Basic Transit Wheelchair
    Basic Transit Wheelchair Item Code: MS29104
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    Representing real value for money, this Basic Transit Wheelchair is the ideal choice for both occasional and frequent use, and can also be used both indoors and outdoors.

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    £214.29 with VAT Relief
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  34. Robooter E40 Folding Powerchair
    Robooter E40 Folding Powerchair Item Code: PG35367
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    The exceptionally stylish and modern Robooter E40 Folding Powerchair has been designed to provide the ultimate driving experience for the user. This Smart Electric Wheelchair is where power and comfort meet aesthetics.

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  35. Pride Jazzy Select 6 Power Chair **A Grade Condition**
    Pride Jazzy Select 6 Power Chair **A Grade Condition** Item Code: U861543A
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    This Used Pride Jazzy Select 6 Power Chair offers real value for money and is supplied in red and comes equipped with a power lift seat that is designed to aid users that find it difficult when rising up to their feet from a seated position.

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  36. Used Pride Jazzy Air Power Chair **B Grade Condition**
    Used Pride Jazzy Air Power Chair **B Grade Condition** Item Code: U849648
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    This "B" graded Pride Jazzy Air® Power Chair features a truly modern and stylish design and offers exceptional value for money.

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  37. Mobility Scooter / Electric Wheelchair Seat Belt (90
    Mobility Scooter / Electric Wheelchair Seat Belt (90") Item Code: MS31963
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    Designed with the safety of the wheelchair user in mind, the Electric Wheelchair Seat Belt is a comfortable safety device that fits around the user when out and about.

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  38. Mobility Smart Basic Vinyl Wheelchair Cushion - Black
    Mobility Smart Basic Vinyl Wheelchair Cushion - Black Item Code: MS30284
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    This cushion is a dependable and useful option for boosting sitting comfort. This wheelchair cushion is made of tough vinyl and is designed to resist frequent use while offering enduring support. Long-term wheelchair users will experience comfortable seating thanks to the cushion's straightforward but effective design.The Basic Vinyl Wheelchair Cushion provides a cushioned surface that helps relieve pressure points and distribute weight evenly, reducing the risk of discomfort and pressure ulcers. Its 3-inch thickness offers adequate support without compromising mobility. Featuring a sleek black color, this cushion is both versatile and aesthetically pleasing, blending seamlessly with any wheelchair or interior setting. The vinyl material is easy to clean and maintain, ensuring a hygienic and presentable appearance. Upgrade the comfort and support of your wheelchair with the Basic Vinyl Wheelchair Cushion. Experience improved seating comfort, reduced pressure, and enhanced stability for a more enjoyable and supportive wheelchair experience. Features: Reliable and practical cushion for wheelchair users Durable vinyl material for long-lasting support Cushioned surface to relieve pressure points and distribute weight evenly Suitable for individuals spending extended periods in a wheelchair Versatile black color that blends well with any wheelchair or interior setting Easy to clean and maintain for hygiene Provides enhanced seating comfort and stability for a more enjoyable wheelchair experience Specifications: Color: Black Width: 508 mm (20 inches) Depth: 457mm (18 inches) Height: 76mm (3 inches) Material: Vinyl

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  39. Drive Bariatric Transit Sentra Wheelchair
    Drive Bariatric Transit Sentra Wheelchair Item Code: PG35551
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    The Drive Bariatric Sentra Transit Wheelchair boasts a sturdy steel frame to promote maximum durability and strength, it also features an incredibly attractive chrome finish.

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  40. Double Arm Aluminium Trackwheel
    Double Arm Aluminium Trackwheel Item Code: SW159
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    This outdoor, front-wheel Double Arm Aluminium Trackwheel allows a user to easily tackle difficult terrain which normally they would be unable to.

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Take a look through our vast range of Wheelchairs

We can meet a very broad variety of requirements thanks to the excellent quality and build of all of our wheelchairs and the size of our selection. You will find it simple to compare the features and advantages of all our wheelchair models if you are thinking about buying one. We have selected wheelchairs that are appropriate for a variety of purposes, and we can offer guidance if you require additional confirmation of your unique needs.

Remember that with Mobility Smart wheelchairs, you are buying a quality product that comes from a highly reputable retailer, as well as that we offer complete peace of mind aftercare and support.

Can I get a free wheelchair on the NHS?

Yes, you can potentially get a free wheelchair on the NHS!

Here's how it works:

Eligibility:

The NHS provides wheelchairs free of charge to those who meet their criteria. This generally means you need a wheelchair for either: 

  • Full-time use: Your mobility is significantly impacted, and you require a wheelchair for most or all daily activities.
  • Frequent use: Although you may not need it constantly, your mobility limitations necessitate a wheelchair for regular, essential activities.

Process:

  1. Referral: You'll need a referral from a healthcare professional like your GP, physiotherapist, or hospital staff.
  2. Assessment: Your local wheelchair service will assess your needs and determine if you're eligible for an NHS wheelchair.
  3. Type of wheelchair: They'll also recommend the most suitable type of wheelchair for your specific needs. Options range from manual wheelchairs to powered chairs.
  4. Provision: If you qualify, the NHS will provide the wheelchair free of charge, although it technically remains their property. You'll be responsible for its upkeep and safety, with regular checks and repairs handled by the wheelchair service.

Additional options:

  • Personal wheelchair budget: If you want more options or specific features not covered by the basic NHS provision, you might be eligible for a personal wheelchair budget. This allows you to contribute additional funds towards your ideal wheelchair.
  • Short-term borrowing: For temporary needs, you can sometimes borrow an NHS wheelchair for a short period, like after surgery. Some charities and shopping centres also offer wheelchair borrowing schemes.

Remember:

  • The NHS prioritises meeting essential needs, so advanced features or specific preferences might require additional contributions.
  • The process and criteria can vary slightly depending on your location within the UK, so it's best to check with your local wheelchair service for specific details.

 

How much does a decent wheelchair cost?

Defining "decent" in wheelchairs depends on individual needs and desired features, but fear not; there's a range to suit most budgets! Here's a breakdown.

Manual Wheelchairs:

  • Basic Standard: Starting at around £100, these are no-frills chairs for occasional use. Think sturdy, but heavy-duty.
  • Comfort and Lightweight: Around £300–£800, these offer improved padding, manoeuvrability, and foldability for everyday use.
  • Active Lightweight: For frequent mobility aid users, these light and nimble chairs with adjustable features cost around £800–£1,500.
  • Ultra-Lightweight: Top-of-the-line for athletes or frequent travellers, these sleek and portable chairs range from £1,500-£4,000+.

Electric Wheelchairs:

  • Basic Compact: Starting at around £2,000, these portable chairs are suitable for indoor use or short trips.
  • Mid-Range: Between £3,000 and £5,000, these offer more power, range, and outdoor capability.
  • Advanced: Packing features like suspension and joystick control, these premium chairs start at £5,000 and can reach £10,000+.

Remember: Price isn't everything! Consider your needs, usage frequency, desired features, and budget when choosing. We offer expert advice and a wide range of options to find the perfect "decent" match for you.

What type of wheelchair is best for the elderly?

Choosing the best wheelchair for an elderly person depends on several factors, including their mobility level, lifestyle, and individual needs. Here's a breakdown of the main types:

Manual Wheelchairs:

  • Standard Manual: These sturdy chairs are good for occasional use or people with good upper body strength. They're typically heavier and less manoeuvrable.
  • Lightweight Manual: Ideal for everyday use, these chairs are lighter and easier to push or propel oneself. They come in various comfort and feature options.
  • Ultra-Lightweight: Perfect for active seniors or frequent travellers, these chairs are super light and portable. They might not be suitable for long periods of sitting.

Electric Wheelchairs:

  • Compact Power Chairs: Great for indoor use or short trips, these portable chairs are manoeuvrable and easy to store.
  • Mid-Range Power Chairs: Offering more power, range, and outdoor capability, these chairs are suitable for daily outings and longer distances.
  • Heavy-Duty Power Chairs: Designed for larger individuals, these sturdy chairs provide extra support and weight capacity.

Additional Considerations:

  • Tilt-in-Space Wheelchairs: These chairs tilt backwards slightly, reducing pressure on the back and improving comfort for long sitting periods.
  • Reclining Wheelchairs: Reclining backrests offer added comfort and pressure relief, especially for those with limited mobility.
  • Accessories: Consider additional features like leg rests, headrests, cup holders, and personalised cushions for optimal comfort and support.

How long should an elderly person sit in a wheelchair?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to how long an elderly person should sit in a wheelchair, as it depends on several factors, like:

  • Overall health and mobility: Those with strong upper body strength and good balance might tolerate longer sitting periods than someone with frailty or muscle weakness.
  • Underlying medical conditions: Certain conditions, like pressure sores, pain, or circulatory issues, might necessitate more frequent breaks from sitting.
  • Wheelchair type and comfort: A well-cushioned, pressure-relieving wheelchair with proper positioning can extend sitting time compared to a basic model.
  • Activity level and lifestyle: An active senior who regularly transfers out of the wheelchair for walks or other activities will naturally sit for shorter periods than someone primarily wheelchair-bound.

General Guidelines:

NHS Scotland recommends no more than two hours of continuous sitting in a wheelchair. This applies to most healthy individuals, and exceeding this time can increase pressure, soreness, and stiffness.

Ideally, aim for frequent breaks every 30–60 minutes. Encourage standing up, transferring to a chair, or even just shifting weight and performing simple leg exercises while seated.

Listen to the individual's body. Pay attention to signs of discomfort like fidgeting, pain, or fatigue, and encourage them to take a break whenever needed.

Additional Tips:

  • Invest in a pressure-relieving wheelchair cushion. This can significantly improve comfort and reduce pressure-sore risk.
  • Encourage regular weight shifts and leg movements while seated. This helps maintain circulation and prevent stiffness.
  • Vary the environment whenever possible. Take the person outside for fresh air, change their position within the house, or engage them in activities that don't require sitting.
  • Seek professional advice. If you're concerned about their sitting tolerance or pressure sore risk, consult a healthcare professional or occupational therapist for personalised recommendations.

What are the side effects of sitting in a wheelchair?

While wheelchairs improve mobility and independence for many users, prolonged sitting can lead to various side effects. Here's a breakdown of the most common ones:

Physical Issues:

  • Pressure sores: Sitting for extended periods puts constant pressure on specific points, particularly the buttocks, back, and heels. This can reduce blood flow and damage skin tissue, leading to painful pressure sores.
  • Muscle weakness and atrophy: Lack of movement in the legs weakens muscles over time, impacting balance, mobility, and daily activities.
  • Stiffness and pain: Prolonged sitting can lead to joint stiffness and pain in the back, hips, and knees.
  • Poor circulation: Reduced leg movement can lead to blood pooling in the legs, increasing the risk of blood clots.
  • Bone density loss: Inactivity can weaken bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

Other Potential Side Effects:

  • Digestive issues: Sitting for long periods can slow digestion and lead to constipation.
  • Respiratory problems: Poor posture and shallow breathing can occur during prolonged sitting, increasing the risk of respiratory issues like pneumonia.
  • Mental health: Social isolation and a lack of physical activity can negatively impact mental well-being, potentially leading to anxiety or depression.

Minimising Side Effects:

  • Regular breaks: Aim for short breaks every 30–60 minutes, standing up, shifting weight, or performing leg exercises while seated.
  • Pressure-relieving cushions: Invest in a cushion specifically designed to reduce pressure on vulnerable areas.
  • Posture adjustments: Maintain good posture while sitting, with your back straight, shoulders relaxed, and feet flat on the floor.
  • Regular exercise: Incorporate weight-bearing exercises and activities into your daily routine to strengthen muscles and bones.
  • Staying active: Engage in activities that involve standing, walking, or transferring out of the wheelchair whenever possible.
  • Seek professional advice: Consult a healthcare professional or occupational therapist for personalised recommendations based on your individual needs and health conditions.

Remember, even small changes to your sitting habits can significantly reduce side effects and improve overall well-being for wheelchair users.

When should I consider getting a wheelchair?

Deciding when to get a wheelchair is a personal and important choice. It's not just about physical limitations but also about finding the right tools to maintain your independence and quality of life. Here are some signs and situations that might indicate it's time to consider a wheelchair:

Physical Limitations:

  • Difficulty walking: If walking short distances becomes tiring or painful, causing falls or balance issues, a wheelchair can offer support and safety.
  • Reduced stamina: If standing or walking for extended periods leaves you exhausted, a wheelchair can help conserve energy and allow you to participate in activities that would otherwise be difficult.
  • Pain: Chronic pain in your legs, back, or joints can make walking unbearable. A wheelchair can provide pain relief and enable you to move around freely.
  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, like arthritis, muscle weakness, or neurological disorders, can significantly impact mobility, making a wheelchair a necessary aid.

Lifestyle and Independence:

  • Limited participation in activities: If your mobility limitations prevent you from enjoying activities you used to love, a wheelchair can open up new possibilities and restore your independence.
  • Social isolation: Difficulty getting around can lead to social isolation. A wheelchair can help you stay connected with friends and family and participate in social activities.
  • Falls and safety concerns: If you're worried about falling or have had falls in the past, a wheelchair can provide stability and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Mental well-being: Feeling restricted by your mobility can affect your mental health. A wheelchair can offer a sense of freedom and control, improving your overall well-being.

Ultimately, the decision about when to get a wheelchair is up to you. By considering your physical limitations, lifestyle needs, and personal preferences, you can choose the right time and the right wheelchair to improve your independence and quality of life.

How do you get fitted for a wheelchair?

Getting fitted for a wheelchair in the UK involves navigating your options and the assessment process. Here's a simplified breakdown:

  1. Know your options:
  • NHS Wheelchair Service: Available if you meet their criteria. This involves a referral from a healthcare professional, like your GP or physiotherapist. They'll assess your needs and refer you if you're eligible.
  • Private options: If you don't qualify for the NHS or want more choice, you can visit private wheelchair assessment clinics or consult a specialist directly.
  1. Assessment:

NHS Wheelchair Service: You'll meet their assessors at a dedicated clinic or community setting.

Private clinics: Expect similar setups with qualified professionals. The assessment covers: 

  • Medical history and mobility challenges
  • Lifestyle needs and daily activities
  • Detailed physical measurements like seat depth, backrest height, and leg length
  • Strength, balance, and propelling ability (if applicable)
  1. Trying out wheelchairs:

You'll get to try various types based on your needs, including manual, powered, and specialised options. Pay attention to: 

  • Comfort and support
  • Manoeuvrability and ease of use
  • Suitability for your environment and activities
  • NHS provision might have limitations compared to private options
  1. Customisation and adjustments:

The specialists will adjust your chosen chair to your exact measurements and preferences. This might involve fine-tuning: 

  • Seat depth and angle
  • Backrest height and angle
  • Footrests and legrests
  • Armrests and headrests
  • Wheel size and camber

Ensuring proper posture and positioning for optimal comfort and safety

  1. Training and aftercare:

You'll receive instructions on using and maintaining your wheelchair safely. This might include: 

  • Transferring techniques
  • Braking and manoeuvring tips
  • Battery care for powered chairs
  • Routine maintenance and troubleshooting

Some services might offer follow-up appointments to ensure you're comfortable and using the chair correctly.

Additional UK-specific things to keep in mind:

  • NHS eligibility: Not everyone qualifies for an NHS wheelchair. Factors like the frequency of need and the severity of mobility limitations determine eligibility.
  • Personal Wheelchair Budget: If you don't qualify for an NHS wheelchair or wish for additional features, the NHS might offer a Personal Wheelchair Budget to contribute towards your desired chair.
  • Private options: Many private clinics and suppliers offer a wider range of wheelchairs and customisation options, but they come at a cost.
  • Local considerations: Each UK region might have slightly different referral pathways and assessment procedures. Always check with your healthcare professional or local wheelchair service for specific details.