Accessible Vehicles
Offering the disabled motorist an opportunity to experience the self-indulgence that you would expect from purchasing a high end car brand, whilst choosing a specialist conversion. Getting a new car is exciting, important and fun!
Ability Matters
Ability Matters are one of the largest retail chains for mobility and accessibility products and assistive technologies sold directly to customers and professional clinicians from multiple locations.
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Astor Bannerman
We provide innovative patient-handling and height-adjustment solutions for individuals, carers, hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare organisations – plus non-medical establishments such as schools, libraries and industry.
Bath-Knight
Bath-Knight is a UK leading family run business who provide a wide range of mobility products including bath lifts, easy access showers, walk in baths, stairlifts and scooters. Over the last 21 years we have helped over 100,000 people maintain independence in their own home.
Chiltern Invadex
Chiltern Invadex provides solutions for living, with a range of products designed to aid mobility and independence. The company has 30 years experience in the supply of fully adapted showers, cubicles, shower chairs, seats, easy access baths, and moving and handling equipment including ceiling track hoists, mobile hoists and slings.
Uniscan Walkers
Uniscan are the originators of the rollator walking frame. For more than 25 years, this British company has been manufacturing an innovative range of Union flag range of strong, lightweight, bespoke walking frames designed to meet the individual needs of users.
Theraposture
Well-respected and regarded as a leading expert in its field, Theraposture is a highly pro-active member of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) and fully complies with its Office of Fair Trading (OFT) approved Code of Practice.
Etac UK
Etac has been a world-leading Scandinavian healthcare specialist for over three decades. With its UK powerchair division based in Hook, Hampshire, Etac designs, manufactures and supplies high quality assistive powerchairs which improve the daily lives of tens of thousands of people worldwide.
Gainsborough Specialist Bathing
With 25 years of specialist knowledge focusing on bathing needs, Gainsborough Specialist Bathing is Europe’s leading choice for the design, installation and after-sales support of assistive hi-lo powered baths for all care environments. Gainsborough delivers the optimum solution for all care providers, building specifiers and end users.
Abacus Healthcare
Abacus Healthcare is a leading supplier of integrated bathroom solutions for specialist home adaptations, special education establishments and residential care homes. We’re part of the Care in Bathing Group, Europe’s leading provider of assisted bathing products for almost 30 years.
CareFlex
Established in 1995, CareFlex has been building a reputation for producing the highest quality pressure management seating. The UK’s leading manufacturer of this type of specialist seating, CareFlex manufactures the only pressure relieving chairs with water-cell technology.
Inclusion.Me
A disability consultation and service provider specialising in Occupational Therapy, Disability Access Audits (DDA and Equality Act) and Vocational Rehabilitation. Inclusion.Me has a solid client base across the UK, and is run by a team of Occupational Therapists with experience in both the private and public sectors.
Prism Medical
Providers of specialist equipment for the safer moving and handling of the mobility disadvantaged within their homes, long term care or acute environment. With over 20 years experience in developing and supplying moving, handling, and bathing equipment, as well as working closely with the clients and caregivers who use them.
PDS Hygiene
PDS Hygiene introduced the Bio Bidet electronic bidet toilet seat to the United Kingdom in 2007. The Bio Bidet offers an efficient and sophisticated alternative to purpose-built shower toilets at a fraction of the price and is the first one with WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) approval for installation in the UK.
Electric Mobility
If you are thinking of buying, or already own an electric scooter, power chair or riser-recliner, then Electric Mobility can offer you an unrivalled range of products and accessories to make your life easier, more comfortable and more independent.
Kinderkey
We design, manufacture and resource an ever-growing range of inclusive products. Our most successful products have been developed by listening and trying to understand your needs and finding solutions to those problems.
Mangar International
Mangar International design, manufacture and supply a range of rehabilitation and assisted living equipment to assist carers and promote independent living. The range includes bathlifts, pillow and leg lifters, and Camel and Elk emergency lifting cushions.
Eurocare Showers
As a leader in quality, design and innovation, Eurocare is dedicated to developing accessible bathing and showering environments that help people re-gain freedom and independence in the bathroom and re-discover the pleasure of bathing.
Bakare Beds
Supplying adjustable beds, adjustable bed mattresses and mobility products to thousands of satisfied customers for over ten years. Bakare has dedicated assessment centres in Plymouth and Sheffield, where clients can try out the products, and ensure that they are suitable for their needs, before buying.
Karma Mobility
We are exclusive suppliers of the Karma Medical Products wheelchair range to the NHS and mobility dealers in the UK, and we’re proud of our customer care record: according to a recent survey, the end users and retailers who use Karma find our products and service to be excellent.
Benmor Medical
Supporting bariatric care since 1996 with an unrivalled 24/7 bariatric sales and rental service to the NHS and community sectors. Our firmly established reputation for excellent customer support and class leading bariatric products has ensured that the Benmor Medical name is now synonymous with excellence in bariatric care.
Clos-o-Mat
With over 50 years of healthcare experience, Clos-o-Mat is committed to providing innovative healthcare products aimed at making the lives of less able people and their carers a little easier
Geberit
European market leader the Geberit Group has designed the new AquaClean 8000plus Care shower toilet specifically to improve quality of life for those elderly and disabled people who have difficulty using a conventional WC.
GL Jones Playgrounds
Every child deserves the right to play. Mae gan pob plentyn yr hawl i chwarae. Let’s forget about the DDA and the ‘exclusion factor’ for now. Morally, can you think of any reason why a physically challenged child should not be able to join in the fun and games wherever possible with their fully able friends?
Kingkraft
Kingkraft have more than 29 years experience manufacturing specialist bathing, showering and changing equipment. The company is now established as one of the foremost suppliers in the assisted bathing market. They also offer seating, mobility, sensory and daily living aids to help provide independent living.
Pressalit Care
Flexible, functional bathroom and kitchen solutions for homes, residential care, rehabilitation centres, schools, hotels and hospital environments. A range of height adjustable supports and brackets facilitates designs that compensate for disabilities resulting from old age or a physical/mental disability.
Tough Furniture
Tough Furniture is specifically designed for demanding environments. We have a proven track record supplying Social Services, the NHS, Special education, voluntary agencies, secure units and private care providers. Our policy is simply to look after our customers: 70-80% of our business comes from repeat orders.
Win Health
Win Health is a manufacturer and supplier of medical devices, medical equipment, home health and self-care products. We supply the NHS, independent healthcare sector, care institutions, social services, local councils, schools, colleges, universities and general public.
Sidhil
A flexible and responsive approach has enabled Sidhil to respond to the ever-changing requirements of today’s healthcare industry. Supplying a wide range of products to the Acute, Community, Nursing and Residential Care Home sectors, including electric fully profiling nursing and care beds, aids for daily living and mattresses.
Premier Care in Bathing
Premier Care in Bathing has been helping customers bathe safely for 25 years. Our walk-in baths and easy access showers are produced to the highest safety and quality standards, ensuring comfort, safety and independence.
Pivotell
Take the Right Pills at the Right Time. Pivotell offers a range of reminders and pill dispenser suitable for the merely forgetful to those with significant cognitive impairment.
Hip Impact Protection
Fall-Safe® hip protectors are the latest development to help protect people at risk from hip fractures. They use a new material, D3O®, which typically provides better protection than other forms with similar physical properties.
Lisclare
The widest range of care beds in the UK, and a commitment to work with OTs individually and at no charge on client assessments and demos, to ensure the right product options are matched to each client’s needs.
Steering Developments
SDL has a vast field of expertise in converting cars for the disabled. From modifying mobility vehicles to supplying a complete driver or passenger wheelchair accessible vehicle, we have been in business for over 32 years and our services are available throughout the UK
The Good Life Guide
We sell many products which combine electronics, innovation and technology in a user-friendly way. The complete range is available on our website – click here for just a small selection.
Height Adjustable Desks
DDA regulations affecting disabled workers must be taken into consideration, and also the modern office where flexible working, hot desking and enhanced staff morale, added to a styled working environment, benefit both employer and employee, inducing more creative work flow and productivity.
Centra Pulse
Protect yourself or a loved one with a Centra Pulse personal alarm. At a push of a button it will connect immediately to people you can depend on, trained and ready to help whatever the problem whenever it happens
Joerns Healthcare
The Oxford® range of patient hoists from Joerns Healthcare is one of the most comprehensive available. Oxford has over 30 years experience, during which time they have earned an enviable reputation as a world leader in the design and manufacture of rehabilitation products.
Horizon Mobility
We now build a range of 8mph scooters, from the Saxon to Aztec, Mayan and the Mayan AC, the world’s first full 3 phase AC powered mobility scooter. With a user weight to 65 stone (413 kg), for popping down to the town, or up the steepest hill, we have a machine to suit.
Nexus DMS
Offering a wide range of profiling beds, together with matched pressure-care mattresses and accessories. We offer numerous sizes and specifications, including longer, wider, shorter or Bariatric – as well as a rotational chair bed, double profiling bed and a Standing Bed – all held in stock and usually available immediately. Custom designs available.
Squirrel Medical
Pressure relieving mattresses and seating, including a low profile dynamic full replacement air mattress. The Squirrel Diamond™ offers a breakthrough in the design of dynamic pressure care mattresses with features that make it unique in the healthcare market.
Emsec Easy Move Sheets
Do you have difficulty moving in bed? Changing position through the night? Do you get restless when you can’t easily turn in bed? We have three simple yet effective answers for you with our range of Bed Sheets designed to give easier movement in bed – Easy Turn Sheet, Secure Sit and Slide Sheet, Easy Slide Sheet.
Ergolet
Ergolet designs and manufactures unique, innovative, safe lifting solutions to aid elderly and disabled people to move better and live better. Ergolet – Scandinavian design and functionality.
ACORN Stairlifts
If you or your loved ones have difficulty with the stairs, then Acorn Stairlifts can make a huge difference to your life. With affordable, safe, comfortable and reliable stairlift solutions, an Acorn Stairlift means that you can stay in the home you love.
Moore UK
Compression stockings can be very effective for managing problems such as varicose veins, lymphoedema and chronic venous insufficiency, and can help prevent blood clots in the leg. Useful as they are, they can be very difficult to put on and take off...
Able2
Able2 supply mobility dealers and retailers, pharmacy, NHS, social services, nursing home distributors and export customers with a comprehensive range of products that make daily living easier.
Terry Lifts
The elegantly styled Lifestyle Lift is the practical & affordable alternative to moving house if the stairs become too much. With customisable features and finishes to suit your needs and with no lift shaft required this allows for easy installation.
Manage at Home
A website retailer offering an extensive range of products to aid independent daily living at home. As part of the Siddall and Hilton Group, and member of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), Manage At Home offer a high level of customer service and choice of products sourced through our network of many of the top healthcare equipment manufacturers and distributors in the UK.
AKW
AKW is a market leading provider of bathroom, showering, kitchen and daily living products for people with mobility difficulties.
Drive Medical
Feel free to enjoy life – We offer an innovative and quality range of mobility and healthcare products, enabling consumers to live more independent lifestyles.
The Bambach Saddle Seat
The Bambach Saddle Seat was originally developed for children with special needs. It is also used by Health Professionals worldwide as a highly effective means of increasing independence, optimizing quality of life and preventing the onset of further complications.
AAT
AAT provide Stairclimbers, Wheelchair Add-on Power, Vacuum Posture Cushions, as well as the unique Aktivline Fully Dynamic Seating System. AAT offer free, no-obligation product demonstrations in-home or on-site call 01978 821875.
Stannah Stairlifts
Stannah have been a British family owned company for over 140 years, launching their first stairlift range in 1975. Today they have manufactured over 500,000 stairlifts and continue to offer their customers a wide range of stairlifts that have been designed with the user in mind and to blend seamlessly into any home. If you are over 50, the Stannah Think Again Fund is there to help you realise an unfulfilled dream!
Sherborne Upholstery
Started as a family business over 80 years ago, Sherborne is now one of the most successful upholstery companies in the UK, with a wide range of easy chairs and sofas, and adjustable beds, all manufactured in their own factories for excellent quality and reliability.
Dalzells Beds & Recliners
Independent retailer of adjustable beds and recliner chairs with more than 50 years of expertise. There is a wide selection in stock with free delivery, set-up and old bed disposal throughout Northern Ireland and Counties Dublin, Louth and Monaghan in Ireland.
Opus Bathing
We offer a superb selection of hand crafted walk-in baths and boast the widest choice of accessible showers in the UK today – all designed and handmade here in Britain – coupled with close attention to the details that will really make a difference to your bathing or showering experience.
Barwood Products
Barwood is a leading provider of accessible bathroom equipment to the special needs and disability sector, with a full portfolio of products for both commercial and domestic installations, designed to meet the challenges and diverse needs of the user whether at home or in the work place.

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