Mobility in Scottish Borders(1)
Mobility aids near Scottish-Borders
There are plenty of good local experts in mobility aids in Scottish-Borders who come well recommended by your neighbours.
We have two quick and easy ways to find a reliable mobility specialists and mobile mobility scooter repairs near you:
The average cost of a mobility scooter will depend on the specification of the make and model you choose. There are also two main categories of mobility scooter in the UK: class two and class three.
The class of the mobility scooter will affect the cost, with class two being more lightweight and therefore cheaper, and class three being more robust and also legally roadworthy.
Mobility scooter costs
Here are some of the average costs you can expect to pay for a mobility scooter:
Class 2 (lightweight) – £600 - £2,000
Class 3 (legally roadworthy) – £2,000 - £5,000
How much does a wheelchair cost?
According to the NHS, the average cost of a wheelchair in the UK ranges from around £100 to £1,000 – depending on the make, model and specification of the wheelchair itself.
It’s worth noting that if you’re buying an electric wheelchair, there’s a charity initiative called The Motability Scheme that helps with the cost of hiring or buying an electric wheelchair – as well as other mobility aids, such as a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) or scooter.
How much does it cost to build a wheelchair ramp in the UK?
The average installation cost for a wheelchair ramp in the UK is around £150 - £250, plus the cost of materials. To find out more about prices, check out our guide to the cost of installing a wheelchair ramp.
How much does a stairlift cost?
If you’re thinking of installing a stairlift in your home, here are some of the average costs you can expect to pay in the UK:
Straight stairlift – £1,600 - £2,580
Curved stairlift – £3,170 - £4,350
Outdoor stairlift – £2,250
Straight installation – £30 - £100 per hour
On top of the initial installation, you’ll also need to factor in the stairlift servicing costs. For more information about installing a stairlift, read our guide on stairlift installation costs.
Quotes for mobility scooter costs and other mobility aids
To get accurate costs for mobility scooters, wheelchairs and stairlift installation in your area, we always recommend getting at least three quotes from local tradespeople near you. By shopping around you can make sure you're paying a fair and competitive price.
Thankfully, our request a quote tool makes getting multiple quotes super easy. Simply post details about what you need help with and we’ll send it out to the best local tradespeople in your area, who will contact you directly. Try it out – it's quick and easy!
To keep your mobility scooter in optimum condition and good working order, it’s recommended that you have it serviced regularly – at least once a year. The price you pay for a mobility scooter service will vary depending on the specification of your mobility equipment, as well as the extent of any repair and new parts needed.
Mobility scooter service cost
The average mobility scooter cost in the UK is around £55 - £100 per service, excluding the cost of any major repair work or spare parts that might be needed.
Mobility scooter hire
If you choose to hire your mobility scooter, rather than buying one, then you may find that the servicing costs are covered in your hire fees. It’s always worth confirming this before signing a mobility scooter hire agreement, so that you know what costs are and aren’t covered by your hire charges.
What does a mobility scooter service involve?
Most reputable companies that offer mobility scooter servicing will perform full multi-point inspection of your scooter, including checks that cover:
Batteries and connections
Motors and brushes
Wheels and tyres
Controls and wiring
Lights and horns
Chassis joints and transaxle mounts
A full road test
The usual procedure is that the mobility scooter will be serviced and then, if any major faults are discovered during the service, you’ll be given an update on the repair work that needs doing and an estimate for how much it will cost – before they do the work.
It’s always confirming this process with the mobility scooter servicing company before you hire them, so that you understand how they will carry out the service – so you don’t get any nasty surprises or an unexpected big bill at the end.
Need help with a mobility scooter service?
Whether you need a simple yearly service, or you’ve noticed specific problems with your mobility scooter, it’s always helpful to get advice from local mobility scooter specialists before booking anything in.
Find the best local mobility scooter experts near you with our quick and easy online search. Or request a quote and we’ll reach out to multiple local mobility companies for you and they’ll get in touch with you directly.
A standard mobility scooter battery can usually last somewhere in the region of 1- 3 years – although most manufacturers generally only offer a 12-month warranty on mobility scooter batteries.
The average lifespan of a mobility scooter battery will depend on the amount of usage. For example, if you only use your mobility scooter a couple of times a week, then you’re more likely to get a longer lifespan from your battery – up to 3 years.
On the other hand, if you use your mobility scooter for long journeys on a daily basis, then the lifespan will be shorter – somewhere between 12 - 18 months.
How long does a mobility scooter battery last per charge?
If you charge and store your mobility scooter properly (according to the manufacturer’s guidance), and depending on the specification of your scooter and battery capacity, you should be able to travel around 20-45km per charge.
It’s also worth paying attention to how you drive your mobility scooter, as that will affect how far you can go on a single charge. Bursts of acceleration will drain the battery quicker than driving at a steady speed.
Want to speak to mobility scooter experts in Scottish-Borders?
Sometimes it helps to have a quick chat with local mobility scooter companies to understand what options are available, how they’ll perform, and how much they’ll cost.
If you’re ready to reach out to local mobility specialists, you’re in the right place. We can help you find the best companies in your area with our quick and easy online search – or request a quote and we’ll get multiple local mobility experts to contact you directly.
Mobility aids is the term that refers to a whole range of specialist equipment, machinery and devices that are designed to help people living with limited mobility. Mobility aids come in various forms, shapes and sizes and with different specifications to suit the user and make their daily life easier.
Mobility aids for walking
The most popular mobility aids that help with walking include:
Mobility toilet aids
There are some mobility aids that are specifically designed for toilets and bathrooms, such as:
Grab rails and support arms
Adjustable toilet frames
Raised toilet seats
Thanks to these various forms of mobility aid, you can get help getting to and from your car, climbing the stairs, and generally making everyday activities easier and more achievable.
Find the best local mobility aid companies
If you’re keen to get started with finding the right mobility aids for you, or for a loved one, we can help you find the best local mobility aid companies near you – including those that come highly recommended by your neighbours.
You can either use our quick and easy online search to find and contact mobility aid companies in your area yourself. Or, alternatively, request a quote and we’ll do the legwork for you by reaching out to the best local mobility experts near you and we’ll get them to contact you directly.
Stairlifts are the main mobility solution to help with climbing up or down the stairs. However, there are alternatives that could help – depending on the reason why a stairlift isn’t an option.
Small step climbing aids
If you’re struggling to use your stairs but you still have some mobility and aren’t quite ready to fork out for an expensive stair lift or move house, smaller steps could be the answer.
There are various stair climbing aids available that offer an affordable stair lift alternative. They work by installing a stationary half step to each existing step on your staircase, to make them easier to use by massively reducing the effort it takes to climb up or down the stairs.
A stair climber is an alternative to a stair lift if you’re not looking for a permanently installed piece of equipment. Stair climbers are typically a battery-powered and fully mobile piece of equipment that can go up and down a staircase, either with a seat or as a wheelchair carrier.
Want to find out more about local stair lift alternatives?
When planning a project that requires mobility for climbing stairs, it’s important to speak to local mobility specialists to understand what options are available, how they work and how much they will cost. Experienced mobility solution companies will be able to advise on the options available and which one(s) might be the right choice for you.
Keen to get started? Search for the best local mobility aid companies in Scottish-Borders and get in touch with them yourself. Alternatively, you can get multiple quotes from local mobility specialists by using our request a quote feature – simply post details of what you need and we’ll get reliable local experts to contact you directly.