Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


Under guidance from the Electoral Commission and Charity Commission, it's important that Scope remains politically neutral during General Elections.

While we understand that this period will see many passionate discussions and do not want to discourage open discussion, we cannot allow discussions which are purely intended to influence voting.

As ever, please make sure that your comments remain respectful of other people's opinions and keep to our online community house rules.
If we become concerned about you or anyone else while using one of our services, we will act in line with our safeguarding policy and procedures. This may involve sharing this information with relevant authorities to ensure we comply with our policies and legal obligations.

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Yorkie53
Yorkie53 Community member Posts: 5 Listener
Good evening to you all. I'm Tracey aged 53,and from South Yorkshire. I live alone and right now I'm housebound due to my disability getting worse and I hope that someone could give me some advice about my predicament. I'm desperately in need of a powered wheelchair to help me get out and about but I don't know the first thing about how to apply for it and if I'm able to get a grant from someone. I've been housebound for 4 months now and as each day passes by I'm becoming quite depressed. I have carers for my medication and a district nurse for my insulin. I also have a carer who helps me to get a shower and get dressed every morning, and then a carer who helps me with my housework for 2 hours per week. But the carers are not allowed to take me out because they are not paid for it. So I've come here to ask the community to get some advice about what I should do now. Thank you. Tracey. 

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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,628 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @Yorkie53 welcome, scope have some Information about wheelchairs, I'll put the link below, hopefully be useful for you

    https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/wheelchairs/
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    I too am a wheelchair user from South yorkshire 

    You need to get a referral to wheelchair services from your gp . Be warned though there are massive waiting lists . They also have rigid criteria for electric chairs eg if you can use a manual chair indoors they may not consider an electric chair 

    I fortunately got my electric chair gifted to me from a friend who no longer needed it 

    I presume as you have carers you have had a care needs assessment so I'm surprised that ot or social services haven't referred you 

    Can you walk around the house ? 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Also other options are leasing a chair or if you claim pip enhanced mobility you can get one through motability scheme 
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