In-Home Mobility Equipment for Elderly & Disabled People in Cumbria

Older people and people with a disability may use various types of equipment to help with their mobility, depending on their individual needs and circumstances. Our home care team are trained to support people and use a variety of different equipment. 

Mobility equipment often used in people’s homes includes:

Walking aids: These may include canes, walkers, and crutches, which can help with balance and stability while walking

Mobility scooters:
These battery-powered devices allow people to move around independently without having to walk long distances

Wheelchairs: These may be manual or electric and are used by people who have difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time

Stairlifts: These are motorized chairs that are installed on a rail attached to a staircase, allowing older people to travel up and down stairs safely

Lift chairs: These are recliners that can be raised and lowered to help people with limited mobility to stand up or sit down

Bed rails: These can be attached to a bed to help older people get in and out of bed safely

Bathroom safety equipment: This may include grab bars, shower chairs, and raised toilet seats, which can help prevent falls and make it easier for older people to use the bathroom independently

What type of in-home equipment is used when someone is bed bound? 

There is a variety of equipment that can be used depending on their specific needs and situation. 

  • Bedside commode: This is a portable toilet that can be placed next to the bed to help someone use the bathroom without having to get up and walk to the bathroom

  • Overbed table: This is a table that can be adjusted to fit over the bed, providing a surface for the person to eat, read, or use a computer

  • Bed rail: This is a safety device that can be attached to the side of the bed to prevent the person from falling out of bed

  • Hoist: This is a mechanical device that can lift and transfer someone from the bed to a wheelchair or other location

  • Pressure-relieving mattress: This type of mattress is designed to reduce pressure points on the body, which can help prevent bedsores and promote comfort

  • Bedside air conditioner or heater: This can be helpful in regulating the temperature for someone who is bed bound and may have difficulty regulating their own body temperature

  • Bed pan: This is a container that can be placed under the person to collect waste if they are unable to use a bedside commode

  • Medical alert system: This is a device that can be worn by the person or placed near the bed to summon help in case of an emergency.


How do I get an assessment for in-home mobility equipment?

  • Contact your GP (General Practitioner) or healthcare professional: Your GP can refer you to a local NHS wheelchair service, where you can receive an assessment for mobility equipment. They may also refer you to an occupational therapist who can assess your needs and recommend suitable equipment

  • Contact your local council: If you require mobility equipment for outdoor use, your local council may be able to provide an assessment through their occupational therapy services

  • Contact a private mobility equipment provider: There are many private companies that provide assessments for mobility equipment. These companies may offer home assessments or assessments at their showroom. However, you will need to pay for the equipment yourself or through insurance

  • Apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant: If you require major adaptations to your home to accommodate mobility equipment, you may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant. This is a means-tested grant that is provided by your local council

Where can I buy mobility equipment in Cumbria?

There are several options available to you:

  • Cumbria Mobility offers a wide range of products

    Online Retailers: There are several online mobility equipment retailers that offer delivery to Cumbria, such as Mobility Smart, and Complete Care Shop. These online retailers offer a wide range of mobility equipment, from mobility scooters and wheelchairs to stairlifts and walking aids

  • Second-hand equipment: You may also be able to find second-hand mobility equipment in Cumbria through local classifieds websites, such as Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. Alternatively, you can check with local charity shops that may sell used mobility equipment

  • NHS wheelchair service: If you are eligible for NHS-funded equipment, you can contact your local NHS wheelchair service to arrange an assessment and provide you with the necessary equipment

It's important to note that the type of equipment needed will depend on each individual's needs and mobility level, so it's always best to consult with your social worker, GP or occupational therapist to determine the best options.

Next Steps

For more information about caring for a loved one at home join our discussion in our Facebook group Care Begins at Home for ongoing advice and support from our care experts. 

Our Private Care Agency in Cumbria Can Help

We are a trusted family care agency in Penrith and work throughout the Eden Valley, Carlisle and Keswick. We specialise in elderly care, personal care, assisted living, and dementia care services. Our dedicated team provides exceptional support to people in the comfort of their own homes.

If you would like advice about In-home care in Cumbria, contact our care manager, Colette Russell:

Tel: 07889 706 852

You might also like to join our Facebook group Care Begins at Home to discuss these issues with others facing the same care challenges.