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Hiring Mobility Scooters and Wheelchairs on Holiday

By: Jennie Kermode - Updated: 11 Sep 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Wheelchair Mobility Scooter Hire Holiday

Taking your own wheelchair or mobility scooter with you on holiday can be a pain, especially if you're flying. You might also be in a position where you don't need one day to day but where the wandering around that you'd like to do on holiday can easily wear you out. Hiring wheels at your holiday destination is a great solution and is remarkably easy to do.

Organising Wheelchair Hire

It is now possible to hire on-site wheelchairs and mobility scooters in most UK towns and cities and in popular holiday resorts across Europe. Australia's big cities offer similar services, as do many (but not all) of those in the USA and Canada. Further afield, you are less likely to find established services, but it is always worth asking - sometimes local hospitals are willing to hire out equipment to visitors.

Wheelchair hire used to be the preserve of specialist companies catering to disabled holidaymakers but you can now organise it through many ordinary travel agents. Just shop around and make it an early question when checking out what they have to offer. If you can't arrange it as part of a holiday package, you should be able to arrange it independently once you've sorted out the details of your journey.

Assessing Your Requirements

If you don't use a wheelchair day to day, you may find that it takes a bit of getting used to. Ask your rental company for advice and don't just look for the cheapest deal - depending on where you are going, there may be other important factors to consider. If somebody is going to be pushing you, you will need to think about their needs as well - wheelchairs with poor suspension can quickly exhaust or injure inexperienced helpers.

Even if you already use a wheelchair, the ideal holiday model may be different from what you use at home. Think about the type of place you intend to go. If you will be sticking to buildings and level streets, a light wheelchair may be just fine. If you will be dealing with cobbled streets or unavoidable steps, you may need something more resilient. Make sure you give yourself sufficient options to avoid feeling restricted when you should be having fun.

What You Can Expect

The service offered by different holiday wheelchair hire companies varies considerably but can usually be tailored to suit the individual traveller. If you are getting to your destination by train or plane, it is often possible to arrange for your wheelchair or mobility scooter to meet you when you arrive, giving you immediate independence. Alternatively, you can have it waiting for you at a hotel. Similar arrangements can be made for returning it at the end of your holiday.

If you are hiring a mobility scooter, remember that regulations in relation to driving it can differ in different countries. The hire company should be able to advise you on this before you make your final choice.

Insurance Issues

Although you should always check the small print, most hire arrangements come with full insurance cover for standard use. Bear in mind that this may not cover you for other activities, such as taking your wheelchair on the beach or riding it over grass (even if you hire a chair designed for rough terrain). Think carefully about what you are likely to want to do and discuss this before you sign a contract.

Hiring a wheelchair or mobility scooter usually costs between forty and a hundred pounds for a two week holiday. This means it can be a practical choice that makes travel easier whilst giving you much more opportunity to enjoy yourself once you arrive at your destination.

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We are taking grandma to Northumberland for a week. We are wanting to do beach walks. Is there anywhere where we can hire an all terrain mobility scooter. We live near Leeds and doncaster. Thanks
Jayne - 11-Sep-17 @ 12:14 PM
I am going on holiday to tenerife,I would like to hire a wheelchair for 14 days so i can travel to york..then to tenerife and back is this possible? can it be delivered and picked up? and what would it cost?
Caz - 27-Oct-16 @ 7:19 PM
Hi we are going to Le Touquet and staying at the best western from 15-18th July and would desperately need to hire a mobility scooter. have e-mailed the hotel but heard nothing. Can anyone help? ThankyouS
woody - 9-Jul-16 @ 5:33 PM
I will be visiting Kimberley, BC, Canada in August from the UK and looking to rent a mobility scooter for nearly a month. Can anyone help, please?
Libby - 7-Jul-16 @ 9:56 AM
Is there someone inOban who hires Mobility scooters
Paddy - 2-Jun-16 @ 4:58 PM
I'm looking to hire a mobility scooter for a week for use around Keswick in the Lake District could you let me know where I can hire one from. Thanks for your help. AJ.
AJ - 4-May-16 @ 5:17 PM
good morning ,I am going on holiday to wales in july and will be staying near aberaeronI am just over twenty stone in weight so I would need a large scooter could you please supply me with possible list of places thankyou.i am also a blue badge holder.
TED - 18-Apr-16 @ 9:11 AM
Will my Kymco mini LS charge in America using the charger I use in England , obviously I know I will need a plug adaptor
Midnight - 12-Sep-15 @ 7:20 PM
i was wondering where to get a mobility scooter im going on holiday to cornwall newquay for 1 week thanks
lindauk1 - 1-Jul-15 @ 11:02 AM
i was wondering where i can get a mobility scooter for newquay cornwall for a week thank you
lindauk1 - 1-Jul-15 @ 10:59 AM
@jo - yes, you should be able to if you do an online search. I'm afraid we can't recommend specific companies, but there are a few out there.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 2-Apr-15 @ 11:16 AM
is it possible to hire a all terrain mobility scooter in Aberystwyth for 2 weeks
jo - 31-Mar-15 @ 12:10 PM
@mlw - the British Red Cross may be able to help or at least point you in the right direction, see link here . I hope you manage to find one.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 11-Mar-15 @ 2:20 PM
I've spent hours searching for a short term wheelchair hire in or near Haverhill, Suffolk and can't find anything suitable.I am looking for a tilt wheelchair for a very disabled person, celebrating their 80th on 3rd April and who hasn't been out of the house for over a year now.Getting desperate now; can't let her down.Any advice? Thanks very much.
mlw - 9-Mar-15 @ 10:09 PM
@louie - I'm afraid we can't recommend and companies specifically, but if you do an online search, I'm sure you may be able to find someone suitable.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 2-Mar-15 @ 12:21 PM
Hi is there any mobility scooters for hire on the island of Kos in Greece im needing to hire a heavy duty one for two weeks in September any help would be greatly appreciated.
louie - 26-Feb-15 @ 9:46 PM
I wish to hire a mobility scooter for a period of 4 days from 2nd march to Friday morning. We are staying at the Premier inn hotel in tenby wales . I weigh approx. 18 stone and would neeed something substantial Perhaps you could letme know the cost and availability of a suitable scooter Yours faithfully M.FLOOK
mike - 23-Feb-15 @ 10:37 PM
I need to rent a scooter for a week in Anglesy Wales.Just need a quote
Sal - 9-Feb-15 @ 10:21 AM
Can I hire a mobility scooter for 10 days in lanzarote and what is the cost. Thanks
Soggy - 10-Jan-15 @ 12:40 PM
We flying into saltzburg airport and want to hire a mobiliy scooter or electric wheelchair either at airportor in the city. can you tell us where we can get one.Thank you.
Mitsi - 3-Aug-13 @ 11:48 AM
i wish to hire a scooter for a week from 10 august at castier holiday camp can you tell me if this is possible and the cost ?
tubby - 31-Jul-13 @ 5:17 PM
Where can I hire a mobility scooter for a 1 week holiday in Keswick, Cumbria, and how much will it cost?
Woody - 25-Jul-13 @ 3:18 PM
@Pat Nicholls Although you can arrange short term insurance cover for your mobility scooter whilst you are holiday it might be worthwhile obtaining a quote for annual insurance (as most annual policies include up to 60 days overseas travel as standard anyway).There might not be a lot of difference in the price and your scooter would be insured all year round!
Tom - 19-Jun-12 @ 2:22 PM
Can I insure my mobility scooter for just a holiday, as that is what the airline operators are wanting, I think it is just perhaps it gets damaged in transit.Thank you.
Pat Nicholls - 19-Jun-12 @ 1:00 PM
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