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FAQ/Grant Information

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I need to redecorate after my stairlift is installed?

How long does it take to install a stairlift?

What happens if there is a power cut?

What happens if I leave my stair lift off the charge?

How do I charge the batteries, if I buy a battery powered lift?

What if I have to have new carpet?

How long will I have to wait for my stairlift?

Are there any cheaper alternatives?

Mobility Aids Grant Scheme

Will I need to redecorate after my stairlift is installed?

Your new stairlift will be fitted to your staircase, not your wall so in most cases the answer will be no. In some instances you may need to have a handrail moved or a window sill reduced in order to avoid clashes with you new stairlift, in which case some minor re-decoration may be needed after the lift is installed.

How long does it take to install a stairlift?

The complexity of your stairlift will determine how long it takes to fit your stairlift, however most stairlifts will only take between two to four hours to install.

What happens if there is a power cut?

There’s no need to worry. Your stairlift is operated by batteries, these re-charge when your Stairlift is left on a charge point. This means your stairlift will continue to work if the power supply is interrupted for a limited number of trips. Some stairlifts will charge wherever they are left on the track.

What happens if I leave my stair lift off the charge?

Audible and visual signals will alert you that your lift is not on a charge point. The power supply to the stairlift should remain switched on at all times. If stairlift batteries are allowed to go completely flat they may need to be replaced.

How do I charge the batteries, if I buy a battery powered lift?

Some manufacturers have a constant charge, others automatically recharge when the lift is at the top or bottom of the stairs.

What if I have to have new carpet?

Your stairlift can be removed and refitted to allow for the laying of new carpets. Able Plus offer removal and re-installation services.

How long will I have to wait for my stairlift?

This will depend on which stairlift you order. We understand the difference a stairlift can make to your quality of life which is why we offer the shortest market lead times possible.

Are there any cheaper alternatives?

We can supply a reconditioned chair and motor and have a new track made to measure. In some cases a folding platform may be used to bridge a step or two at the top. Whilst stairlift pricing is important it is vital that you choose a stairlift that is suitable for your needs.

Mobility Aids Grant Scheme

•Information
Rules
Rates
Where to apply

Information

The Mobility Aids Grant Scheme was set up in 2007. The scheme provides grants for works designed to address mobility problems in the home. For example, the grant can be used for the purchase and installation of grab-rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair-lift.

The grant is primarily for older people but people with disability can also access the scheme.

You cannot apply for both the Mobility Aids Grant Scheme and the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability. However, you can withdraw your application for one scheme and submit a new application under the other.

Rules

The grant is available to people with a maximum household income less than €30,000
The grant can be paid to people in:

  • Owner occupied housing
  • Houses being purchased from a local authority under the tenant purchase scheme
  • Private rented accommodation (the duration of your tenancy can affect grant approval)
  • Accommodation provided under the voluntary housing Capital Assistance and Rental Subsidy schemes
  • Accommodation occupied by persons living in communal residences.
  • Your application will be prioritised based on medical need. Highest priority will be given to people who are terminally ill or where alterations/adaptions would facilitate discharge from hospital. When the local authority receives your application, it may request an Occupational Therapist’s (OT) assessment. The local authority can arrange for an OT assessment, but under the new grant you can employ an OT to carry out an assessment and recoup up to €200 as part of the total grant up to the maximum you are entitled to.

Means test

The Mobility Aids Grant Scheme is a means-tested grant. This means your total household income is assessed to find out if you qualify for the grant and at what level of assistance.

Household income is:

  • Property owner’s (tenant’s in the case of private renting) and spouse’s/partner’s annual gross income in the previous tax year.
  • The following is not taken into account when calculating your household income:
  • €5,000 for each member of the household aged up to 18 years
  • €5,000 for each member of the household aged between 18 and 23 years and in full-time education or a FAS apprenticeship
  • €5,000 where the person for whom the grant is for, is being cared by a relative on a full-time basis
  • Child Benefit
  • Family Income Supplement
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Respite Care Grant
  • Carer’s Benefit and Carer’s Allowance (if the carer’s payment is made in respect of the person for whom the grant is for)

Tax clearance

If you intend to pay more than €650 to a contractor, you must get your contractor to submit their C2/Tax Clearance Certificate to the local authority.

Starting the work to adapt your home – It is expected that the work will start within 6 months of your grant approval.

Rates

The maximum grant available will be €6,000 and may cover 100% of the cost of the work.

Where to apply

Apply to your local authority. See the following link if you live in North Tipperary     

http://www.tipperarynorth.ie/
North Tipperary Application Form Available for Download – 

Information provided by – Citizens Information Website – please check via the link below for any changes to the above since May 2012:

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/housing/housing_grants_and_schemes/mobility_aids_grant_scheme.html