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Wheelchair Aftercare & Maintenance

Learn how to look after the mobility equipment used by you or your child

Aftercare

Check out our advice on how to look after your mobility equipment

We'll share what to do if the wheelchair has a fault or if your child has an accident, as well as some essential maintenace tips

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Maintaining your child's mobility equipment

Mobility equipment is very expensive so it's worth looking after it well. Looking after it properly will also reduce your long-term maintenance and repair costs.

With any new piece of mobility equipment you must always read the user manual and keep it in a safe place for easy reference.

If you are on a low income and you receive a powered wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz, we may be able to support you with repair and maintenance costs. 

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Maintenance Videos

Check out our great range of wheelchair maintenace videos for tips on brake adjustments, changing tyre pressure and much more!

Wheelchair maintenance dos and don'ts

Here are some essential dos and don’ts:

  • DO only use the mobility equipment as the manufacturer intended
  • DO clean the mobility equipment regularly
  • DO frequently check for any loose screws and tighten them on a regular basis
  • DO frequently check that the brakes are working correctly (and that they hold the mobility equipment still when applied). Contact your local wheelchair dealer immediately if you are in any doubt
  • If the mobility equipment has batteries, DO charge them regularly according to the user manual, even if the equipment is not in use
  • DON’T ever leave mobility equipment for extended periods without charging the battery up as you will almost certainly need to buy new batteries once you want to use the equipment again
  • DO check that the mobility equipment fits your child well and comfortably and, if necessary, adjust it according to the user manual. If you are in any doubt contact your local wheelchair dealer or ask your local therapist for help
  • DO ensure that you have up-to-date insurance and an extended warranty for your mobility equipment, so that you don’t get any unexpected repair or maintenance bills
  • DO try and save a regular amount each month in a savings account to cover any costs that may not be covered under insurance, particularly tyres, batteries and day to day wear and tear

If you have any questions about looking after your mobility equipment, please email us at kidzservices@whizz-kidz.org.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

Insurance for a wheelchair

It's vital that you get insurance for your child’s mobility equipment. 

We will happily provide a list of mobility equipment insurance providers who can provide the right cover.

Please email us at kidzservices@whizz-kidz.org.uk or call our Children’s Services team on 0800 151 3350.

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Wheelchair Skills

Do you or your child want to learn some new wheelchair skills? Check out our useful videos for skills including judging kerbs, opening doors and back wheel balance.

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What to do if your equipment develops a fault

If you have received mobility equipment from Whizz-Kidz and a fault develops, you should in the first instance check your equipment manual.

If you are not able to resolve the problem, details of your supplier are on the frame of the equipment and can also be found on the handover documents you have received.

Please note that you may be charged for the supplier to attend, so please check and be aware of any costs you may incur before agreeing a call out.

If after contacting your supplier you are experiencing further issues with the equipment, contact us on kidzservices@whizz-kidz.org.uk or call our Children’s Services team on 0800 151 3350 with the detail of your fault as soon as possible.

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