Disability/Carers Allowances

1. Carers Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is a payment to people living in Ireland who are looking after someone who is in need of support because of age, physical or learning disability or illness, including mental illness.

The Carer’s Allowance is not payable to everyone, it is mainly aimed at carers on low incomes who live with and look after certain people who need full-time care and attention.

In order to be entitled to a Carer’s Allowance:

  • You must be living with, or in a position to provide full-time care and attention to a person in need of care who does not normally live in an institution. However, you may continue to be regarded as providing full-time care and attention, if you or the person being cared for is undergoing medical or other treatment in a hospital or other institution for a period not longer than 13 weeks.
  • You must be resident in the State
  • You must not live in a hospital, convalescent home or other similar institution
  • You must be at least 18 years old and
  • You must not be engaged in employment, self-employment, training or education courses outside the home for more than 15 hours a week. During your absence, proper care for the person requiring full-time care and attention must be arranged.

Download the form: Carers Allowance Application Form

2. Domiciliary Care Allowance

Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment to the carer of a child with a disability so severe that it needs care and attention and/or supervision that is in excess of another child of the same age. This care and attention must be provided to allow the child to deal with the activities of daily living. The child must be likely to require this level of care and attention for at least 12 months.

In order to qualify you must

  • Be aged under 16, (at 16, the child can apply for a Disability Allowance)
  • Live at home with the person claiming the allowance for 5 or more days a week.
  • Meet the medical criteria.
  • Living in the Irish State

Download the form: Domiciliary Care Allowance Form

3. Disability Allowance

This is a weekly allowance paid to people with a disability. You can get Disability Allowance from 16 years of age.

To qualify for Disability Allowance (DA) you must:

  • Have an injury, disease or physical or mental disability that has continued or may be expected to continue for at least one year
  • As a result of this disability be substantially restricted in undertaking work that would otherwise be suitable for a person of your age, experience and qualifications
  • Be aged between 16 and 66. When you reach 66 years of age you will no longer qualify for DA, but you will be assessed for a state pension.
  • Satisfy a means test.
  • Have proof of your residence in Ireland.

Download the form: Disability Allowance Application Form

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