Supports

Lots of different types of supports are available to people with disabilities who live on their own. These come in the form of Financial, Community, Health and so on. Please use the sections below to find out about what supports you can apply for.

Financial supports

State payments

This section contains information on additional state payments and benefits you can apply for based on income type. Click the links below to show/hide the relevant information for you.

When on Disability Allowance »

Main IncomeExtra AllowancesWhat is it?Where to apply?
Disability Allowance Rent supplement
A Means Tested Payment.
Financial support towards the rental cost of private or voluntary housing accommodation.

There are certain conditions that you will need to meet to be considered for a Rent Supplement, for information on rent supplement and maximum rent limit see links below:

www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/SWA---Rent-Supplement.aspx

www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Maximum-Rent-Limits-by-County.aspx

At the discretion of the Department these rent limits or caps can be increased when special circumstances exist

Click here to view the 10 steps to apply for rent supplement »
Once on local authority housing list apply to local Community Welfare Officer
Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) a means tested payment In some pilot Council areas HAP is a new financial support (that will eventually largely replace Rent Supplement) towards the cost of private or voluntary housing rental accommodation. A HAP application is made through the local Council Housing Department. For more information see Rent Supplement and Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) page In HAP pilot areas apply to the Housing Department of the local Council
Living Alone Allowance Weekly supplementary payment of €9.00 made to people receiving certain payments from DSP and living alone

www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Living-Alone-Increase.aspx
Department of Social Protection
Fuel Allowance A means tested payment from October to April Department of Social Protection

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/extra_social_welfare_benefits/fuel_allowance.html
Household Benefits Package Allowances towards Telephone, Gas and Electricity. Application form available at all post offices or from Household Benefits Section, Social Welfare Services, College Road, Sligo
Diet supplements Supplement for a prescribed diet

www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Dietary-Supplement.aspx

Diet supplement was discontinued for new applicants from 1st February 2014

www.welfare.ie/en/pressoffice/Pages/pr310114.aspx
Community Welfare Officer
Exceptional needs payment Single payment to help meet essential, once-off, exceptional expenditure

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/supplementary_welfare_schemes/exceptional_needs_payments.html
Community Welfare Officer
Urgent Needs payment Payment in the event of a fire/flood

www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Urgent-Needs-Payments.aspx
Community Welfare Officer
Mobility Allowance (no longer available) A means tested payment for people who are unable to walk , even with the use of artificial limbs or other suitable aids , or the exertion required to walk would be dangerous to your health Two rates: €208.50 and €104.25

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/transport_and_disability/mobility_allowance.html
Local Health Office
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When on Invalidity Pension »

Main IncomeExtra AllowancesWhat is it?Where to apply?
Invalidity Pension Rent supplement
A Means Tested Payment.
Financial support towards the rental cost of private or voluntary housing accommodation.

There are certain conditions that you will need to meet to be considered for a Rent Supplement, for information on rent supplement and maximum rent limit see links below:

www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/SWA---Rent-Supplement.aspx

www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Maximum-Rent-Limits-by-County.aspx

At the discretion of the Department these rent limits or caps can be increased when special circumstances exist

Click here to view the 10 steps to apply for rent supplement »
Once on local authority housing list apply to local Community Welfare Officer
Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) a means tested payment In some pilot Council areas HAP is a new financial support (that will eventually largely replace Rent Supplement) towards the cost of private or voluntary housing rental accommodation. A HAP application is made through the local Council Housing Department. For more information see Rent Supplement and Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) page In HAP pilot areas apply to the Housing Department of the local Council
Living Alone Allowance Weekly supplementary payment of €9.00 made to people receiving certain payments from DSP and living alone

www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Living-Alone-Increase.aspx
Department of Social Protection
Fuel Allowance A means tested payment from October to April Department of Social Protection

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/extra_social_welfare_benefits/fuel_allowance.html
Household Benefits Package Allowances towards Telephone, Gas and Electricity. Application form available at all post offices or from Household Benefits Section Social Welfare Services College Road, Sligo
Diet supplements Supplement for a prescribed diet

www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Dietary-Supplement.aspx

Diet supplement was discontinued for new applicants from 1st February 2014

www.welfare.ie/en/pressoffice/Pages/pr310114.aspx
Community Welfare Officer
Exceptional needs payment Single payment to help meet essential, once-off, exceptional expenditure

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/supplementary_welfare_schemes/exceptional_needs_payments.html
Community Welfare Officer
Urgent Needs payment Payment in the event of a fire/flood

www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Urgent-Needs-Payments.aspx
Community Welfare Officer
Mobility Allowance (no longer available) A means tested payment for people who are unable to walk , even with the use of artificial limbs or other suitable aids , or the exertion required to walk would be dangerous to your health Two rates: €208.50 and €104.25

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/transport_and_disability/mobility_allowance.html
Local Health Office
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When in Full or part-time employment »

Full Time Employment

When a person is in full time employment and living in social housing provided by a Council, Voluntary Housing Association or the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) then their rent will be based on income earned and will be less than that charged in private rented accommodation. Depending on the amount of your earned income, it may be possible to apply for a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) for private rental.

Part Time Employment

When a person is in part time employment and living in social housing provided by a Council, Voluntary Housing Association or the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) then their rent will be based on income earned and will be less than that charged in private rented accommodation. If a person is in part time employment and still receiving a reduced social welfare payment then they may be able to apply for and receive some of the extra financial payments such as living alone allowance, household benefits package, fuel allowance etc. Depending on the amount of your earned income, it may be possible to apply for a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) for private rental

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Information on private rental and on Rent Supplement »

Housing Adaptation Grant

Accessible housing for people with disabilities is vital to living in the community and remaining independent. Sometimes adaptations are necessary in an existing house to make it accessible for a person’s changed needs. Click here to show this infomation »

There are two grants available to make changes in an existing home. You can apply for only one grant at a time so it is important to consider all possible long term needs when applying for either of these grants. The grants are available from the Housing Department of your county/ city council.

The grants 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

1. Housing Adaptation Grant for people with disability

(this has replaced Disabled Person Grant since November 2007)

Amount available- 95% of the total cost of work, maximum grants upto €30,000 Means tested - Total household income is assessed to find out if you qualify for the grant and the amount payable. This grant is not available for individuals where the household income is more than €60,000 Refer to this link: www.citizensinformation.ie/en/housing/housing_grants_and_schemes/housing_adaptation_grant_for_people_with_disability.html

It would also be worth checking out sustainable energy/green grants too for energy savings.

2. Mobility Aids Grant

The Mobility Aids Grant 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.

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

Means tested - Total household income is assessed to find out if you qualify for the grant and the amount payable.

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

Reclaim of VAT Expenses

VAT reclaim on some expenses related to access/home adaptation and/or new build is possible eg. provision of hoist, aids and appliances, some elements of the building work etc.

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/money_and_tax/tax/tax_credits_and_reliefs_for_people_with_disabilities/vat_refunds_on_aids_and_appliances_used_by_people_with_disabilities.html

Complete form VAT 61A which is available to download on the Revenue website here. Contact Revenue in Monaghan 047 62100 for information and details of documentation that is required.”

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Assisted Living supports

Assisted Living Services (ALS) enable individuals with a physical or sensory disability to have the support of Personal Assistants (PA). Assisted Living services are funded by the HSE and provided by a range of different service providers. Click here to read more about the Assisted Living Supports »

The Irish Wheelchair Association provides these services in individuals’ homes and communities, facilitating access to education, employment and community participation.

Having the support of a PA can make it easier for you to do tasks which you might otherwise find difficult and can also facilitate new opportunities.

The role of a PA can include:

  • Personal Care
  • Support with preparing meals and essential domestic tasks
  • Facilitating independence and social involvement
  • Assistance to access employment or education

The goal of the IWA PA Service is to promote choice, independence and quality of life for its users by providing a tailored personal assistant service centred around each individual’s needs.

To enquire further about assisted living services contact your local IWA office or local HSE Disability Manager. Click here for contact details of your local IWA office.

www.iwa.ie/information/locations/locations-map

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Assisted Living Packages

Click here to see the available packages for Assisted Living Supports »

Self-directed or leader-managed package

In a self-directed or leader-managed package, the person with the disability acts as the leader or service manager for IWA. This involves recruiting their own personal assistants, organising their weekly rosters, returning their timesheets, arranging holiday cover, etc. The leader can consult the service coordinator when necessary.

Supported package

In the supported package, the service coordinator takes responsibility for some or all of the management, delivery and operation of the service

If you wish to talk to someone about Assisted Living Supports, please contact an ALS Coordinator in your local IWA Centre. Click here to find your nearest IWA Location »

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Community Supports

There are a variety of local services available to assist people with physical disabilities to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

HSE Primary Care Teams

Click here to read more »

HSE Primary Care Teams or Services mean all of the health or social care services that you can find in your community, outside of the hospital setting. A Primary Care Team (PCT) is a team of health professionals who work closely together to meet the needs of the people living in the community. They provide a single point of contact to the health system for the person.

Primary Care includes GPs, Public Health Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and a range of other services provided through your Local Health Office. Contact your local health centre to find out if there is a Primary Care Team in your area. Even if there is not a Primary Care Team in your area, the majority of the above services will be available through your local Health Centre.

Refer to links below for your local Health Care Centre and Primary Care Team.

www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/2/healthcentres/Health_Centres.html

http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/2/PrimaryCare/pcteams/mw/

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Public Health Nursing

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Public health nurses in Ireland are employed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to provide a range of health care services in the community. They are usually based in your local health centre and are assigned to cover specific geographical areas. Public health nursing teams provide basic nursing care as well as advice and assistance to their patients. Public health nurses also act as an important point of access to other community care services.

You may be referred to your local public health nurse by your family doctor (GP), by a hospital or you may contact the service yourself through your local health centre or through your local health office.

http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/LHO/

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Home Help Service

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The Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland often provides a home help service to individuals who require assistance.

Home help services are provided in order to support people to remain in their own home. Home help services usually assist people with normal household tasks although they may also sometimes help with personal care. If you recieve a home help service, you may have to make a small contribution towards the cost, even if you hold a medical card. In some cases, you may have to pay all the costs involved. In practice, the HSE either provides the home help service directly or makes arrangements with voluntary organisations to provide them. To find out about the availability of home help in your area, contact the public health nurse in your local health centre.

www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/2/healthcentres/Health_Centres.html

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Meals on Wheels

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Meals on Wheels are widely available, often provided by a community or voluntary organisation on behalf of the HSE. Make enquiries in your local health centre.

www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/2/healthcentres/Health_Centres.html

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Occupational Therapy Service (Private & Public)

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Public Occupational Therapy Services

Occupational therapy (OT) services are designed to help people who have a disability (physical, psychological or social) to achieve the maximum degree of independence in ordinary living. Occupational therapists in Ireland are employed by most local health offices of the HSE.

Usually, the occupational therapist carries out an assessment of your ability to manage, in relation to the normal requirements of daily living - dressing, eating, bathing, etc. Your home arrangements are also assessed and a decision is made as to what assistance you need by way of appliances, (for example, a wheelchair, chair lift, downstairs bathroom, etc.) or home adaptation.

The occupational therapist may then arrange for the provision of some appropriate aids and appliances by the Health Service Executive (HSE) or may advise on home adaptation and give information on the grants available for home adaptation, click here for grant information.

You may apply directly to the Health Service Executive through your local health centre for the services of an occupational therapist, but often a public health nurse, family doctor (GP) or hospital will make this referral for you.

Private Occupational Therapy Service

There is a shortage of occupational therapists working in the HSE, and therefore there can be delays in meeting with an OT. Often individuals decide to engage with a private occupational therapist. The Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (the professional body that regulates the profession in Ireland) has a list of registered occupational therapists in private practice. You can obtain a copy of the list by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the Association of Occupational Therapists at:- Ground Floor Office Bow Bridge House Bow Lane Kilmainham Dublin 8 Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)1 633 7222 Homepage: http://www.aoti.ie/ Email: info@aoti.ie or in the Access Directory at www.accessdirectory.ie

List of private OTs: https://www.aoti.ie/page.aspx?contentid=57

Note: An occupational therapist working in private practice cannot order equipment through the HSE. If you require a particular piece of equipment and are entitled to be given it on your medical card, then you are best waiting for the HSE OT to visit, even if that will take a while.

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