Medical mobility aids are usually free to medical card holders. The card holder must first be assessed by the relevant occupational therapist or physiotherapist who can recommend and prescribe the most suitable equipment. Depending on the type of equipment required, a qualified therapist will assess the individual and make a recommendation to the body responsible for the provision of the equipment or to the person or agency who has requested the assessment. Note: the assessment process and provisions may vary in different parts of the country.
Occupational therapists will assess for aids to daily living – these include wheelchairs, mobility aids, specialised chairs, bath, shower and toilet aids, stairlifts, hoists, etc. For more information, contact your local Health Services Executive, which can be found here: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/lho/ or the relevant hospital department as appropriate.