A to Z of MS
Click on the relevant link for more information on a topic.
A to Z of MS Wheelchair vouchers
Many primary care trusts and health boards operate a voucher scheme for people who are assessed as needing a wheelchair.
This provides different options that can increase the choice available.
A wheelchair is supplied, repaired and maintained free of charge.
The voucher reflects the value of the wheelchair originally recommended. The individual can choose an alternative wheelchair from an 'approved supplier' and pay the difference in cost. The wheelchair will be repaired and maintained free of charge by the Wheelchair Service.
This is similar to the partnership option but with no restriction on the supplier of the wheelchair. The individual owns the wheelchair and is responsible for its repair and maintenance. In this instance the voucher usually includes an amount towards the anticipated costs of repair and maintenance.
A voucher usually lasts for five years. Unless a reassessment shows that the individual's needs have changed, they will not normally be entitled to a new voucher until this period has expired.
The charity the Disabled Living Foundation produces factsheets on what to look for when buying or hiring a wheelchair.
Other sources of wheelchairs
See the entry on wheelchair services for more on other sources of wheelchairs.