Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment made to individuals caring for a child who has a disability and has care needs that are significantly above those of a child of the same age who does not have a disability. The care provided by the individual must allow the child to cope with daily life and activities.

To qualify the child must:

  • Have a disability that requires care that is significantly above the care of a child of the same age who does not have a disability.
  • This disability must last at least 12 months.
  • Be under the age of 16
  • Meet the medical criteria (see blow)
  • Be residing in the State
  • Medical criteria
    To meet the medical criteria, the child must have a disability that requires care that is significantly above the care of a child of the same age who does not have a disability. This may not be based on the type of impairment or disease but the resulting challenges that imply that the child needs extra care and attention.
    The Medical Examiner of the Department will take the following into account while reviewing the case:
  • The history of the case
  • Medical reports provided

The account of the parent/carer in relation to the extra care and attention that the child requires
Although there seems to be a pattern of refusal on medical grounds for the DCA at present, it can be appealed by requesting a review from a different Medical Examiner of the Department. All appeals can be made to the Department of social welfare.
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Carer’s Allowance is a payment that is made to individuals living in Ireland who are caring for a person who needs support as a result of illness, old age or disability.

The allowance is paid to people who are receiving a low income and living with the person who requires the support, or is in a position to provide full time care to that individual. If approved for the allowance, you will also be entitled to free household benefits and a free travel pass.
To be entitled to Carer’s Allowance:

  • You must be living with the individual in question or be in a position to provide full time care and attention to the person (who does not normally reside in an institution/residential care).
  • You must reside in the State and not normally reside in an institution/hospital/residential care.
  • You must be over the age of 18
  • You must not be engaged in employment/training/education for more than 15 hours per week. If you are engaged in these activities for less than 15 hours per week, you must arrange adequate care for the individual in your absence
    The person being cared for must be:
  • Over the age of 16 and in need of significant care and attention beyond that of a person of the same age
  • Under the age of 16 and in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • In need of constant care and supervision to avoid danger to themselves and to allow them to carry out daily activities and basic functions

Likely to require this care and attention for longer than twelve months
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Carer’s Support Grant (Previously Respite Support Grant) is an annual allowance paid to carer’s. This payment can be used to fund respite care, but this is the decision of the carer. It can be paid to carer’s who are not in receipt of the Carer’s Allowance.
To qualify for the Carer’s Support Grant, you must be:

  • Over 16 and residing in Ireland
  • Caring for the person full time and for longer than a 6 month period

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Disability Allowance is a weekly social welfare payment paid to people who have dis-abilities.
To qualify for disability allowance, you must:

  • Be aged between 16 and 66
  • Have a disability, mental health issue or disease that is likely to last more than a year and significantly impair ability to work in a position that would be other-wise suitable for a person of the same age and qualifications
  • Satisfy a means test and Habitual Residence Condition (see link below)
    Disability Allowance is a mean tested payment. In order to get the allowance, your total means must fall below a certain level. The primary items that count as means are:
  • Cash Income that you/your spouse/partner may have
  • Capital, including savings, investments, shares, property (not including your own house)
  • Maintenance paid to you

For disability allowance are taken on a case by case basis and are measured by the degree to which the individual “As a result of (their) disability is substantially restrict-ed in undertaking work that would otherwise be suitable for a person of their age, experience and qualifications”. Given this criteria it is understandable that some indi-viduals with AS who apply will not be deemed eligible for the allowance.

To qualify for the allowance, you must satisfy a medical assessment. Your doctor must fill out a medical assessment form and a decision will be reached by the medical assessment team in the Department.
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