This Key Note Market Update analyses the market for equipment for people with a disability in the UK. It covers mobility products and daily living aids, as well as orthotic and prosthetic devices.
The demand for equipment for people with a disability has been growing over the past few decades as the country’s population ages. Disability in old age is common and older people are more likely to rely on disability equipment, such as scooters, walking frames and hearing aids. Advancements in technology in recent years have led to the emergence of more sufficient and sophisticated equipment, which is often more costly. This is another factor contributing to the increase in market value seen across the review period. The market for equipment for people with a disability in the UK is estimated to have increased by 12.4% between 2009 and 2013.
The mobility equipment sector, including daily living aids, wheelchairs and scooters, is the largest sector in the market for equipment for people with a disability, accounting for 31.3% of the market total by value in 2013. The daily living aids category is the second largest sector within mobility equipment market, and comprises hearing and speech aids. This sector accounted for 20.7% of market total in 2013, and was followed by the sector for artificial joints, limbs, eyes and other parts of the body (at 17.9%).
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