Wheelchair Loan Allowance
Second hand wheelchairs can be lent to persons in need by the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities from returns, under the Financial Assistance Scheme for purchasing a wheelchair, from donations or from the purchase of a limited number of wheelchairs by the Department for lending purposes.
The beneficiaries of these loans are persons with severe motor disabilities, who cannot walk at all or who are able to walk for very short distances on even ground with the use of assistive devices.
The wheelchairs given through this loan will be free of interest.
How to Rent a Wheelchair?
In order to receive a wheelchair loan through this scheme, an application form must be completed and submitted by the applicant’s physiotherapist to the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, together with a medical certificate stating the type of disability. Upon evaluation of the applicant’s needs, the physiotherapist should also recommend in the appropriate part of the application the type of wheelchair suitable for the applicant.
In case the applicant is receiving severe motor disability allowance then she/he is exempted from the above procedure.
All the applications must be approved by the Director of the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities or another authorised Officer of the Department.
The Requirements of Using the Wheelchair Loan
When an application is approved, the beneficiary or her/his representative are obliged to sign a statement of commitment that they will return the wheelchair in case it is not needed anymore by the beneficiary and within one year from the date of lending. They are also obliged to handle the wheelchair with care, to keep it in an appropriate area (e.g. not in the rain), and to maintain or repair it in time.
The wheelchairs given through this loan are property of the State. After the wheelchairs are returned from their beneficiaries, they are kept at the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disabilities or within the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. The Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is responsible to maintain these wheelchairs in a good state, to repair or destroy them upon recommendation from a physiotherapist of the Paraplegia Centre or any other certified expert. On this matter, the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is allowed to purchase medical services from the private sector.