Below are some of the main financial supports available for Family Carers. For For full details of Social Welfare payments, Health Service Executive and other supports, see our Rights and Entitlements Booklet.
More information: Carers Allowance
More information: Half-rate Carer’s Allowance
This is a short-term payment paid for up to 24 months to insured people who reduce their working hours to 15 per week or give up employment to care on a full-time basis for someone who requires full-time care and attention. Employees who have at least one year’s service may take unpaid Carer’s Leave of up to 2 years from their work in order to provide full-time care for someone who needs it. Carer’s Benefit may be paid during this time (if they have enough paid contributions). The Carer will receive a Free Travel Pass and the Carer’s Support Grant (formerly the Respite Care Grant).
More information: Carer’s Benefit
Two Carers who provide care on alternate weeks can be accommodated on the Carer’s Allowance Scheme. Under legislation the Carer must provide this care for a complete week i.e. Monday to Sunday. Each Carer will share the Carer’s Allowance and the annual Respite Care grant. A Carer who provides care on alternate weeks with the care recipient attending a residential institution every other week can also be accommodated on the Carer’s Allowance Scheme.
More information: Care Sharing
The Grant is an annual (non means tested) payment made to Carers, aged 16 or over, providing full-time care for at least six months a year. An applicant for the Grant is not allowed to work for more than 15 hours each week or be signing for Jobseeker’s Credits or on Jobseeker’s Benefit or Allowance. A Carer’s Support Grant is paid for each Care Recipient (i.e., a person caring for two people can receive two grants). It can be spent entirely at the discretion of the Carer. The current value of the Carer’s Support Grant is €1,700 as of Jan 2016.
More information: Carer’s Support Grant
Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment to the carer of a child with a disability so severe that the child requires care and attention and/or supervision substantially 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.
More information: Domiciliary Care Allowance