Your local Red Cross can often loan wheelchairs and some other equipment for short periods.
If you have a long-term illness or you're disabled, you don't have to pay VAT on certain goods and services that you buy or bring into the UK.
Always ask to use the equipment on a trial basis if possible before you buy. The Disability Living Foundation provide free, impartial advice about all types of disability equipment and mobility products.Different types of equipment or changes to your home could help make your home safer, your life easier and provide independence for the person you are looking after.Before purchasing any equipment it’s a good idea to have an assessment with an occupational therapist who will offer an independent opinion and advice on what might be suitable to meet your needs and those of the person you look after. You can also contact your local council to get an occupational therapist assessment – ask for the Adult Social Care Team if you are caring for an adult or the Children and Families Team if you are caring for a child.A grant is paid when the council considers that changes are necessary to meet their needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical.In Scotland, a similar scheme is in operation but is not called a disabled facilities grant.