Wheelchairs are a necessity for many individuals; either for temporary use while they recover from surgery, and injury, or wait for a prosthetic, or they are for permanent use. Wheelchairs are often more practical than walking aids like crutches and walking frame, especially for the elderly or for those who don’t have the upper body strength. Wheelchair financial assistance may be necessary, as wheelchairs can be quite pricey.
Wheelchair Financing from the Government
The government offers relief to anyone who is unfit to work for a period of six months or longer; this comes in the form of a disability grant. There are two types of this grant:
- Permanent disability grant: if your disability will continue for over a year
- Temporary disability grant: if your disability will affect you for less than six months and no longer than 12 months
Wheelchair Financial Assistance
Your wheelchair may be paid off over a certain period depending on where you buy a wheelchair from. In the meantime, you can apply for a disability grant so that you can make the initial purchase and get around on your new set of wheels.
Your prosthetist will complete a medical report and will forward the report to South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) which is the institution where you can apply.
What you need to qualify for a grant:
- To be a permanent resident in South Africa, a citizen, or a refugee currently residing in South Africa.
- To be between the ages of 18 and 59 years old.
- To undergo a medical examination where a doctor appointed by the state will assess the degree of your disability.
- To bring along any previous medical records and reports during the application process.
In which instances you may not qualify for a grant:
- You cannot be cared for by a state institution.
- You can’t earn more than R86 280 per annum if you are single, or R172 560 per annum if married.
- not have assets worth more than R1 227 600 if you are single or R2 455 200 if you are married.
Application Forms to Complete
Application forms are not available online, but you can get them from your nearest (SASSA) office.
For more information on buying a wheelchair or applying for wheelchair finance, contact our team.