Advice and Guidance

Mobility Aids for Winter Travel

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With the winter nights drawing in, shorter days and worse weather, many people would much rather stay safe in the warm and dry. But sometimes, journeys are essential.

Travelling during winter poses challenges for anyone that suffers from reduced mobility, as well as carers, particularly when moving in and out of the car. As a result, we are delighted to introduce the Car Assist Pack.

The Car Assist Pack is an effective toolkit to aid in helping a person getting in and out of a car with greater ease and comfort. Although designed for all weather conditions, the Car Assist Pack becomes especially effective during winter when the slippery, muddy, windy and wet conditions take hold, especially at night.

This toolkit helps address the main challenge of getting into a vehicle as safely as possible, as well as reducing anxiety about the prospect of travel, whilst also offering additional benefits to an accompanying carer. By including tools to support the weight of the person entering the vehicle, this reduces the risk of injury to the carer and also avoids the carer having to kneel on a potentially wet and muddy floor by using the wipe-clean kneeling pad.

Every individual is different, so it is important to have a solution for every need, which is why this toolkit comes in two varieties:

  1. Unassisted– For when someone is able get in and out of vehicles independently but would just like a little bit of help.
  2. Assisted – For those who require support from a carer, a friend of family member.
Both packs include a useful selection of daily aid products which can be purchased altogether or separately, which are all kept in a handy little carry bag. Some products included are:
Each pack is complete with an instructional DVD showing correct usage and safety tips.
To see a Car Assist Pack in action, please see the video below:

To read more and view our product pages, please visit:


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Am I VAT Exempt?

According to the Government website, VAT relief is eligible for individuals who fall into the following criteria:

“If you’re disabled or have a long-term illness, you will not be charged VAT on products designed or adapted for your own personal or domestic use. Also, you will not be charged VAT on:

  • The installation and any extra work needed as part of this
  • Repairs or maintenance
  • Spare parts or accessories”

If you fall into either of the above criteria’s, you are entitled to VAT Exemption for relevant products.

Do we do home assessments?

Due to the nature of our products, we do not offer ‘Home Assessments’ to the public, or as an aid for independent Occupational Therapists.

However, our trained customer service team can be called to offer as much advice on products during our opening hours.

Monday Thursday: 8:30am–5pm (GMT)
Friday: 8:30am–4pm (GMT)

Additionally, if you and your Team would like a training session or would like to invite us to your ERG/AGM, we will be happy to visit. Please click here to select dates.

Do you have a product you no longer use or need?

If you have a product provided by an OT or other third party organisation, please speak directly with them regarding what to do with used goods. They may request that you return or dispose of them.

If you received the goods directly from Hospital Direct, please be aware that we cannot accept returns outside of our returns policy. Due to infection control, anything outside of manufacturing error, returned goods will not be accepted and immediately disposed of.

Returning an order
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    • Hospital Direct,
      Units 3 and 4
      The Green,
      SY7 8LG
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    • Your Order Number
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Returns and Warranty

Returns can be requested through the My Account section of the website.

What are Hospital Directs' Company Details?
  • Company Registration Number:
    • 03902966
  • VAT Number:
    • 752 782 312
  • Registered Address:
    • Hospital Direct (Marketing) Ltd
      Units 3 and 4
      The Green
      SY7 8LG

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