- Carer’s Allowance
Carer’s Allowance is a means-tested payment to people on low incomes who are caring for an incapacitated person.
- Domiciliary Care Allowance
A Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment made to the carer of a child with a severe disability who lives at home. Find out more.
- Carer’s Benefit
Carer’s Benefit is a social insurance payment made to someone who gives up work to care for an incapacitated person.
Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA)
is a monthly payment for a child aged under 16 with a severe disability, who requires ongoing care and attention, substantially over and above the care and attention usually required by a child of the same age. It is not means tested.
DCA medical card scheme
Since 1 June 2017, all children getting DCA are eligible for a medical card without a means test.
If the child does not already have a medical card or GP visit card, you can register them online or download a registration form. If the child already has a medical card or GP visit card, they will be automatically registered for a medical card and registration is not required http://www.welfare.ie/en/pdf/domcare1.pdf
Carers may be entitled to a number of supports from the Department of Social Protection. If you are caring for someone, a disabled child or adult or an older person, you may qualify for a carer’s payment. The two main social welfare payments for carers providing full-time care are Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Benefit. You may also qualify for an annual Carer’s Support Grant (formerly known as a Respite Care Grant).
Carer’s Benefit is a short-term payment paid for up to 24 months to people who give up employment to care on a full-time basis for someone who requires full-time care and attention. After one year’s service employees may take unpaid Carer’s Leave of up to 2 years to provide full-time care for someone who needs it. Carer’s Benefit may be paid during this time. Additional payments are made if you are looking after more than one person. If you do not qualify for Carer’s Benefit you may qualify for Carer’s Allowance.
Carer’s Allowance is a payment for people who are caring on a full-time basis for someone who requires full-time care and attention and will require it for at least 12 months. You must satisfy a means test and the habitual residency condition. A half-rate Carer’s Allowance is payable with certain other social welfare payments, this means that you can keep your main social welfare payment and get half-rate Carer’s Allowance as well. If you get Carer’s Allowance you are entitled to a Free Travel Pass.
If the person you are caring for is under 16 you must be getting Domiciliary Care Allowance to qualify for Carer’s Allowance.
Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment made to the carer of a child with a severe disability who lives at home. When your child reaches 16 years of age he or she may qualify for Disability Allowance. If you continue to provide full-time care and attention for your child you can retain your carer’s payment.
If you are caring for a dependant child you may be entitled to an Incapacitated Child Tax Credit. If you are employing a carer, you may be entitled to claim a tax allowance for employing a carer for a disabled person.
The Carer’s Support Grant is an annual payment made to carers, aged 16 or over, providing full-time care for at least six months a year. However, this period must include the first Thursday in June. You are allowed to work for a certain number of hours each week. A Carer’s Support Grant is paid for each person being cared for. If you are getting Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance you do not need to apply for the grant, it is automatically paid to you in June. Respite care can allow any carer to take a break from caring.
Under the Homemaker’s Scheme, if you give up work to care full-time for a child under 12 or a disabled child or adult, you may be able to have these years disregarded or not taken into account when your yearly average is calculated for your State Pension (Contributory).