Disability Travel Aids

Traveling with a disability requires more planning than traveling without one, but it’s still completely doable and enjoyable. In addition to planning to stay at and visit places that are handicap accessible, it’s also important to consider what disability travels aids you want to bring with you to make your trip easier. Whether you’re driving or flying, there are many options to choose from. Consider your travel plans and physical needs when choosing the travel aids that are best for your trip.

Driving Aids

Sitting in a car for any length of time can become uncomfortable. Padded cushions make this much more comfortable. In addition, many cushions swivel to make getting in and out of the car door easier. Combine it with a HandyBarÒ which hooks into the door lock striker and provides a solid surface to help you boost yourself up to create a car travel package. In addition, people with difficulty moving their upper body and arms may have trouble fastening their seat belt. Seat belt reachers attach to the belt and make it easier to grasp without bending or twisting.

 

If you’re going to be doing the driving, an Ezee Turn Steering Knob helps make the time behind the wheel easier, especially for people with arthritis. Blind spots aren’t safe for anyone, but if you have trouble turning to get a full view of the road, they’re even more dangerous. Increase your view of the road with a panoramic rearview mirror. And don’t forget a secure holder for your disability badge.

Pillows and Cushions

Longer trips, whether on a plane or riding in a car, are often uncomfortable. In addition, it can be hard to sleep properly – or at all – in cramped, uncomfortable conditions. Pressure relief pillows and shaped cushions make sitting for extended periods of time more comfortable. Memory foam neck pillows offer support and comfort for sleeping while sitting up. For long car rides, you may also want to consider lower back ergonomic support cushions or lumbar pillows to support your lower back.

 

Portable Ramps

Even with the time spent planning for handicap accessible lodging and tourist attractions, it’s still possible you’ll run into areas that aren’t accessible via wheelchair or scooter. If you have room in your luggage, consider bringing folding, portable ramps to help you over the small rises or short stair runs that you may encounter during your travels.

Other Travel Aids

While there’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed, hotels do their best to provide comfortable mattresses and pillows. However, their beds may be higher or lower than the one you’re used to at home. To be sure you can get in and out of it without falling and spoiling your trip, consider bringing a travel bed cane that can be set up next to your hotel bed and provide support when you get up and go to sleep.

 

One final consideration – medication. While you may use a large pill keeper at home to organize your medication for a week or longer, if you’re only traveling for a short time, it’s wise to keep most of your medication at home. Consider purchasing a smaller, more compact pill keeper and keeping it in your carry-on luggage if possible.

 

Used individually or together, the travel aids available today help make traveling with a disability far simpler than ever before.

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).