It might simply be that you are no longer able to manage the stairs without excessive difficulty or an elderly relative has recently become a permanent part of your household. Perhaps a member of your family has recently suffered a disabling injury or that an existing disability is now being further exacerbated because of restricted mobility within your home.
Whatever the reason lack of usable space can affect every member of the family in different ways, but especially on the quality of life that can be enjoyed as is often taken for granted. The simplest improvements in your existing floor layout can make a huge difference, i.e. removing external steps and providing a ramped access, widening of access doors, installation of walk-in shower in lieu of a bath etc. However, sometimes, it may be necessary to extend your existing home to provide much need space and improve accessibility. It is important that this space is an integral part of your existing home. It should not negatively impact on the existing house or its occupants. A well thought out extension can benefit the entire family, significantly increase the value of your home and most importantly have a positive impact on the quality of life for you and your family.
openplan.ie can help you design the optimum solution for your home which will enable a person with a disability or mobility issue to achieve the maximum independence.
For any older persons or persons with a disability interested in carrying out necessary alterations to their house, you should be aware that there are 3 types of Grants available from your Local Authority to assist you. Each Local Authority will be happy to explain the types of grants available, and which one most meets your needs. The 3 types of Grants available from Local Authorities are:-
Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability
The Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability is available to assist in the carrying out of works which are reasonably necessary for the purposes of rendering a house more suitable for the accommodation of a person with a disability who has an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment. The types of works allowable under the scheme include the provision of access ramps, downstairs toilet facilities, stair-lifts, accessible showers, adaptations to facilitate wheelchair access, extensions and any other works which are reasonable necessary for the purposes of rendering a house more suitable for the accommodation of a person with a disability.
A grant of up to €30,000 is available and the level of grant aid is determined on the basis of gross household income and is between 30% - 100% of the approved cost of the works. Each application is evaluated under the conditions of scheme, the prioritisation scheme, the occupational therapist report, the technical inspectors report and the level of grant finances available.
The person who is seeking the grant must occupy the house as his/her normal place of residence.
No works should commence prior to the submission of a grant application to the Local Authority and until written approval of said works has been received from the Local Authority.
Housing Aid for Older People Grant
The Scheme of Housing Aid for Older People is available to assist older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out. The types of works grant aided under the scheme include structural repairs or improvements, re-wiring, repairs to/replacement of windows and doors, the provision of heating, water and sanitary services, cleaning, painting and drylining. A grant of up to €10,500 is available and the level of grant aid is determined on the basis of gross household income and is between 30% - 100% of the approved cost of the works. Approval is dependant on the terms and conditions, the priorisitation scheme, technical inspection and available finances.
Mobility Aids Application Form
A grant of up to €6,000 (or 100% the cost of the works, whichever is the lesser) may be sought to address mobility problems primarily, but not exclusively, associated with ageing. The works grant aided under the scheme include:-Grab Rails, access ramps, level access showers, stair lifts. Approvals of Grants are based on the terms and conditions of the scheme, the priorisitation scheme, technical evaluation and available finances. The grant is available to households whose gross annual household income does not exceed €30,000.
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KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL
Housing Department, Kerry County Council, Room 41, County Buildings, Tralee
(Tel. 066-7183839 or Fax. 066-7183612 or email -
CORK COUNTY COUNCIL
North Cork Division
Housing Department, William O'Brien Buildings, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork
(Tel. 022-21123 or Fax. 022-21983 or email -
South Cork Division
Housing Department, County Hall, Cork
(Tel. 021-4276891 or Fax. 021-42763214)
West Cork Division
Housing Department, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL
Housing Department, Kerry County Council, County Hall, Dooradoyle, Limerick
(Tel. 061-496263 or email -