If you have difficulty with getting out and about, there is specialist equipment available to make life easier for you. Perhaps you’re recovering from an injury or operation or you may have permanent difficulties with walking. Walking equipment can help improve your balance and stability and reduce the risk of falling. 

Equipment to keep you mobile

What types of mobility equipment are there?

  • Walking sticks offer greater stability and balance. They come in different styles, for example wooden or metal and in various weights.
  • Crutches help you move around without putting weight on your affected leg and are usually aimed at short-term use.
  • Tripod and quadrupod walking sticks have a broad base consisting of either a three or four-point ‘legs’. They are free-standing and offer you more support than a standard walking stick. 
  • Walking frames have a much larger base than other walking equipment, providing even greater balance and stability when walking. They can come either with, or without wheels, and are available in various shapes and sizes. 
  • Mobility scooters and wheelchairs enable you to remain seated and travel further and for longer. There are lots of different manual and motorised scooters and wheelchairs. 


Moving around at home

You may also need assistance with mobility in your own home. For example you may need help with maneuvering in and out of bed, getting into the shower, or getting up the stairs. You can have adaptations done and fitted in your house to help you do these things. You can also use smaller pieces of equipment such as   which can help you stay safe at home.



Where to buy equipment

The following organisations provide a wide range of products to help with mobility, as well as other equipment to help you on a daily basis:

Living made easy
Phone: 0300 999 0004

Address: Disabled Living Foundation, Unit 1, 34 Chatfield Road Wandsworth London SW11 3SE
Phone: 0300 999 0004
Email: info@dlf.org.uk


Useful contacts:

Richmond Council Adult Access Team
Address: Adult Social Services, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 7971
Minicom: 18001 020 8891 7971
Email: adultsocialservices@richmond.gov.uk