SENIOR members of the community with disabilities across Kilkenny will be able to live more independently in their own homes following the release of a €1.867 million grant for improvement works to their houses over the coming year, Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan has confirmed
Even at a time when resources are scarce, the Government is more determined than ever that those most in need are being looked after, the 32 year-old TD said. “I am delighted to be able to confirm that €1,867,500 will be available for the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability in spite of the severe constraints on the public finances in these challenging economic times for our country and for our people.
“I wish there were a lot more funding for this very deserving programme as I know the impact it has in the community. Supporting independent living is one of the key priorities of the Government’s new Housing Strategy for People with a Disability. The strategy sets out a framework for the delivery of housing to people with disabilities through mainstream housing policy, including through enabling people with disabilities to continue to live in their own homes rather than having to move into residential care settings,” Deputy Phelan said.
Last year almost 12,000 grants were paid out under these schemes by the various local authorities around the country, including Kilkenny County Council. While grants of up to €30,000 are available for improvement works and extensions to facilitate a person with a disability, the majority of claims were under the Grants for Older People which provides for a grant of up to €10,500 to assist householders to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out to their homes. In addition, the Mobility Aids Grants scheme can provide up to €6,000 for works to address mobility problems through the provision of stairlifts and level-access showers etc.
“These support grants have a major impact on the quality of life for the thousands of recipients and their families and friends, and is vitally important in assisting older people and people with a disability to continue living in their own homes, and, will benefit them for many years to come,” he said.