Domiciliary Care Allowance
The Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly
means tested payment made to the carer of a child with a severe disability, who
is living at home. The rate of payment since 1st January 2006 is €250.90 per
month. The payment commences from the date the disability is diagnosed and is
payable up to the child’s 16th birthday. Disability Allowance is payable from
16 years of age and parents should apply before their child reaches 16.
Who is eligible?
The disability must require that the child
needs constant care and supervision, substantially more than an able-bodied
child of the same age. Eligibility is determined primarily by the degree of
additional care needed, rather than the type of disability involved.
Only the child’s means, if any, are
assessed. The income of parents or guardians are not taken into account. The
allowance is not payable for a child living in an institution or residential
home; however, for children that go home at weekends or holidays, a pro rata
payment may be made.
To apply for the Domiciliary Care allowance
for your child, contact your local Health Office.