Staying at home

Mobility, walking aids and wheelchairs

Mobility problems

If you or a person you are caring for has difficulty walking and getting around, it may be beneficial for a mobility assessment to be completed. This is usually carried out by a physiotherapist who may recommend an exercise programme and/or a walking aid to improve walking. There is more information about walking aids and wheelchairs below.

There are other situations when difficulty getting into or around the home is due to the home environment, such as construction of stairs and steps, or you may have difficulty managing everyday activities such as getting in and out of bed. There is a wide range of equipment and adaptations which may help or you could contact Adult Services and ask for Occupational Therapy advice.

Walking Aids

Permanent walking aids – these are normally assessed for by a physiotherapist and you will need to be referred by your GP. If you prefer to purchase your own walking aid there are numerous outlets selling mobility equipment. Self purchase guidance is available on the equipment and adaptations for the home page.

Temporary Walking aids – can be loaned from the British Red Cross


For permanent or regular use – available from NHS wheelchair services. You will need to be referred by your GP.

Short term loan –  available from the British Red Cross, usually for a loan period of 6 weeks. This may be helpful whilst waiting for a permanent wheelchair to be issued. You will need a letter from your GP.

If you are not familiar with travelling in a wheelchair you may like to read the guidance available on safe travel

Powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters

The Motability Scheme gives disabled people the opportunity to own or hire powered wheelchairs and scooters at an affordable price.

Advice about wheelchairs and mobility scooters for older people in Hampshire is also available.


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What am I entitled to?

The local authority is here to help everyone understand their needs and, if required, provide an assessment.

For more information about what help you are entitled to, please see the Who can get help from Adult Services web pages.

Try our online self assessment