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Residential Stair and Platform Lifts - Is Funding Assistance Available?

November 1, 2018

If you’re finding it difficult to access your home or move between different levels due to a disability, there may be funding assistance available from the government to help install either a stairlift or a platform lift, provided you satisfy certain criteria. Here we outline two departments that may be able to provide financial assistance.

Funding from these governmental departments is administered by Enable New Zealand and accessable in their respective regions. To enquire about funding, you will need to speak with your occupational therapist or general practitioner in the first instance.



Ministry of Health (MOH)

The following information is extracted from the MOH website in relation to home modifications.

Who they help

Support is offered for people who have a physical, intellectual, sensory (vision or hearing) and/or age-related disability.

You must also:

  • have a long-term disability (a disability that is likely to continue for at least six months)
  • need modifications to your home to help you manage and/or access your everyday activities
  • have a disability that is not already covered by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)
  • be a New Zealand resident usually living in New Zealand
  • be living in New Zealand at the time you request and receive the modifications.

What they provide

Their Equipment and Modifications Service (EMS) can support you by:

  • providing advice on the best modifications to your home to suit your particular needs
  • helping pay all or part of the costs of modifications to your home.

How to get their support

An EMS assessor can help you work out what you need and how to get it. They can also help you work out if you can get Ministry of Health funding and talk with you about other funding options.

The type of modifications that the MOH fund will depend on a number or variables including income and cash asset testing. Take a look at this page on their website which gives further detail about housing modifications for disabled people.

And here are some pages dedicated to:

Modifying your home with a stairlift
Modifying your home with a platform lift

Talk to your occupational therapist or GP in the first instance.


Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)

The following information is extracted from the ACC website in relation to home modifications.

If your disability is as the result of an accident and you have already qualified for ACC assistance due to the accident, the ACC may be able to assist you with injury related changes to your house when you return home after your accident.

What They Provide

Under legislation ACC are only able to fund modifications to help with the effects of your injury. Depending on your needs, they can help with:

  • adding ramps or low-rise lifts
  • adding handrails
  • widening doorways
  • changing bathrooms so you can use the toilet and shower
  • changing the kitchen so you can reach cupboards, sinks and the stove
  • adding storage for any injury-related equipment you need.

How to get their support

A Support Needs Assessment is undertaken to determine your requirements. This is undertaken before you leave rehabilitation or hospital and assessments may be required once you are back home. The assessors are physiotherapists, nurses and occupational therapists who are contracted by the ACC to provide their expert assessment.

Your ACC Support or Service coordinator will discuss the assessment with you before you head home after your accident.


Vestner also offer a Health Professional Assist service where we assist health professionals in identifying suitable access modification options for people with disabilities. We provide advice and consultancy on the suitability of stair and platform lifts plus liaise with funding bodies including the MOH and ACC for both residential and commercial premises.

Vestner series lifts are proudly designed and manufactured in NZ. They’re currently the ONLY lifts in the world that fully meet all the compliance requirements of the NZ Building Code and applicable NZ Standards, inclusive of the recommendations made by the Standards Committee which consists of representatives from:

  • MOH
  • CCS Disability Action
  • Disabled Persons Assembly
  • Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
  • Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand
  • Low Rise Elevators Suppliers' Association
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

We’d love to assist you in providing a solution that fits your unique needs. Check out our stair lifts and platform lifts and contact your GP or occupational therapist for further information.

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