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07/04/2022 - Donegal County Council making a difference to peoples lives

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The Housing Adaptation Grant administered through Donegal County Council’s Housing Department caters for people with a disability and is available to assist in the carrying out of works that are reasonably necessary for the purposes of rendering a house more suitable for the accommodation of a person with a disability who is a member of the household.

 

In 2021 “Catherine” applied to Donegal County Council for the Housing Adaption Grant due to reduced mobility and as recommended by an Occupational Therapist to aid her in everyday life within her existing property.  

 

Catherine lives with her husband in a three bed semi detached property. The existing property consists of a downstairs living room, kitchen/dining and a small toilet, three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.

 

Catherine availed of the grant to provide a stairlift to allow her to continue using the upstairs bathroom and bedrooms without the risk or danger of falling on the stairs due to her reduced mobility.

 

Catherine describes the benefits of the Housing Adaption Grant for her and how it has changed her life;

“I struggled to get upstairs before the stairlift was installed”.

“It’s a Godsend because I can now use the stairlift to take items upstairs on my knee and access my shower room and bedrooms”.

“I recently had a knee operation and having the stairlift has aided my recovery”.

“The Occupational Therapist advised me of the grant as I couldn’t have afforded to finance it all myself”.

 

 

Alongside the Housing Adaption Grant, the following grants are also available;

 

The Mobility Aids Grant which is available to help carry out basic works necessary to make a
house more suitable for a person with a mobility problem.

 

The Housing Aid for Older People Grant available to help older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out.

 

Works carried out under the Housing Adaptation Grant has benefitted Catherine immensely in her everyday life. 

 

If anyone finds themselves in a similar situation to Catherine, they are advised to contact Donegal County Council’s Housing Department (074-9153900)  who can advise on eligibility etc. or check out further details on our website at https://www.donegalcoco.ie/services/housing/housinggrants/

 

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