Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O’Rourke, has welcomed the allocation of €3m to Kildare County Council by the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, Simon Coveney TD, for Housing Adaptations Grants for Older People and People with a Disability living in private houses.
“Last year, I raised the requirement for increased funding for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with Disabilities. Given the projected increase in the number of older people in Ireland, it is important that we put in place policies and supports to deal with this reality. In 2006, there were 468,000 people aged 65 or older in Ireland, but by 2041, the number of people in this country aged 65 or older will be 1.4 million.”
“Under the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes, grants of up to €30,000 are available for an adaptation, up to €8,000 for housing aid for older people and up to €6,000 for mobility aids” stated Deputy O’Rourke.
“Apart from improving the quality of life for people and facilitating people to continue the independent occupancy of their own homes, there are other benefits from the Government’s expenditure on Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes. These include; a stimulus package for small local construction companies, more local employment and increased business for local building material suppliers, and either improve the Government’s tax take or reduce social welfare payments. In addition, it is clear that it costs the state less to facilitate older people living in their home rather than in residential care” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.