Carer’s Allowance is a payment made by the Department of Social and Family Affairs for carers who are looking after someone who is in need of support because of age, physical or learning disability or illness, including mental illness. It is a means-tested payment and mainly paid to carers on low incomes who live with and look after certain people in need of full-time care and attention. Carer’s usually live with the person they are caring for but it is not essential to do so.
Carer’s Benefit is a payment for people who have made social insurance contributions and who have recently left the workforce or have reduced their hours of work to 15 hours per week or less and are looking after somebody in need of full-time care and attention. You can get carer’s benefit for a total of 2 years for each person being cared for. You may be eligible for carer’s leave.
Disability Allowance is a weekly allowance paid to people with a disability. You can get Disability Allowance from 16 years of age. If you are in education when you turn 16, you can continue to attend school.
If you qualify for Disability Allowance you may also get extra social welfare benefits with your payment and other supplementary welfare payments.
Disablement Benefit is a payment under the Occupational Injuries Scheme which is payable to an insured person who suffers a loss of physical or mental faculty as a result of an occupational accident or a prescribed occupational disease, on or after 1 May 1967.
References to occupational accidents include reference to prescribed occupational diseases as well as occupational injuries.
Disablement Benefit may be paid as a once off gratuity or in the form of a Disablement Pension.
DOMICILIARY CARE ALLOWANCE
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.
You can find the definitions for terms such as severe or substantially in the DCA Medical Guidelines. These are used by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) when it is assessing applications for DCA.
The guidelines state that the payment is not based on the type of disability but on the resulting physical or mental impairment which means that the child requires substantially more care and attention than another child of the same age.
RESPITE CARE GRANT
The Carer’s Support Grant is an annual payment made to carers by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP). The scheme name was changed from the Respite Care Grant in 2016 to better reflect how the Grant is used. Carers can use the grant in whatever way they wish. You can use the grant to pay for respite care if you wish, but you do not have to do so. More information about respite care facilities is available.
In June of each year (usually on the first Thursday of the month), the DEASP pays the grant automatically to carers getting Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit, or Domiciliary Care Allowance from the Department. Only one Carer’s Support Grant can be paid for each person getting care.