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Finding & paying for disability aids

If you need equipment or modifications to your home, you might be able to get funding from the Ministry of Health, ACC or the Lottery Grants Board if you meet their criteria. Your GP can help you find out what you might be eligible for.

Your GP might refer you to a physiotherapist or occupational therapist if they can help you.

Or you may wish to pay to see a private physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

Equipment you might need includes:

Housing modifications you might need include:

Where can I get funding to pay for disability aids?

Walkers

The Ministry of Health will pay for a walker only if you need it to get around at home, or for access to your home. If you need one only for when you are out and about, you will have to buy it yourself.

Walking sticks and crutches

If you need a walking stick or crutches, you will also have to buy these yourself. You can get them from a pharmacy, The Warehouse, or a specialised supplier listed by Age Concern.

Housing modifications

If you need simple housing modifications, such as a handrail at the entry to your house or a shower rail, contact one of the tradespeople recommended by Enable New Zealand or suppliers listed by Age Concern.

Mobility scooters

You may be able to get funding for a mobility scooter from Workbridge if having a scooter means you can stay in work, get work, or do training that will lead to employment.

Veteran's Affairs may be able to help with funding if you have a service-related injury or illness. Talk to your local RSA.

Some people with disabilities can get lottery grants from the Lottery Grants Board.

If you can't get funding from any of these sources, you will have to pay yourself.

  HealthInfo recommends the following pages

On the next page: Choosing & using mobility aids

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated December 2016.

See also:

Housing

Installing handrails and support rails

Keeping your home warm and dry

Support and services for older people

Using crutches

Page reference: 186990

Review key: HIDAH-120231