Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East and Minister for Disability, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the signing of new regulations which will bring fixed track hoists within the scope of the Housing Adaptation Grants for People with a Disability and Older Persons.

Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs.

Additionally, grants of up to €6,000 are available for mobility aids.

These schemes can now be used to cover the cost of installing a fixed track hoist.

Funding of over €83 million is being made available by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage for these grants in 2023.

Minister Rabbitte commented:

It’s really welcome news to see the installation of fixed track hoists added to the Housing Adaptation Grants offered through Local Authorities around the country.

I’ve been highlighting with my colleague Darragh O’Brien, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, how important it was for hoists to be added as they can play such an important role for people with disabilities and mobility issues, so this is a really great development.

Minister O’Brien could see the common sense of having hoists included in the Grants so I’m so pleased to see this being signed into the regulations for the schemes.

Quite simply, this will be a game changer for so many individuals and families not just in Galway but around the country.

It will ensure people are able to make their homes even more accessible and allow for greater independence within one’s home.

I have met a number of families over the past few years who highlighted the importance and need for having the hoists included in the Grant as otherwise, for many people, the cost would be prohibitive.

These schemes are so important for so many people and this extension of the scheme will improve the daily life of each recipient, without a doubt.

concluded Minister Rabbitte.

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