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Benefits and entitlements for carers of children with a disability

As a carer of a child with a disability, you may be entitled to claim one or more benefits or other financial support from the government. This is to help you with the cost of care.

Eligibility to claim a benefit or entitlement may depend on your circumstances, such as:

  • the nature of needs of the person you care for
  • your income
  • where you live

Benefits and entitlements you may be eligible for include:

Social Welfare benefits

Domiciliary Care Allowance

This is a monthly payment made to the carer of a child under 16 with a severe disability who lives at home.

Find out more about the Domiciliary Care Allowance

Carer's Benefit

A payment for people who leave their job to care for someone in need of full-time care.

Find out more about Carer's Benefit

Carer’s Allowance

A payment to people on a low income who’s looking after someone who needs support because of their disability.

You may qualify for carer’s benefitinstead of Carer’s Allowance if you leave your job to care for your child. 

Find out more about Carer's Allowance 

Download an application form for Carer's Allowance

This application form is also available from your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare office.

Find your nearest Social Welfare office.

Disability Allowance

This is a means-tested weekly allowance paid to people with a disability aged 16 and older.

Find out more about Disability Allowance

Download an application form for Disability Allowance

This application form is also available from your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare office.

Find your nearest Social Welfare office.

Carer's Support Grant

An annual payment automatically made to people who receive carer's allowance, carer's benefit or domiciliary care allowance.

Find out more about Carer's Support Grant

HSE schemes

Long-Term Illness Scheme

The scheme provides free drugs, medicine and medical and surgical appliances for the treatment of some conditions. It is not means tested, so eligibility doesn’t depend on your income or on any other circumstances.

Related topic

Long-term Illness Scheme

Medical card for those in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance

If you already claim domiciliary care allowance, your child is automatically eligible for a medical card without a means test.

A medical card allows you to get free medicine and doctor's appointments for your child.

Related topic

Medical card for Domiciliary Care Allowance

Carer's GP visit card

If you get Carer’s Benefit or Carer’s Allowance, at full or half-rate, you can visit your GP for free.

Related topic

Register online for a carer's GP visit card

Tax credits

Incapacitated Child Tax Credit

If you have a child who is permanently incapacitated, either physically or mentally and unable to support themselves, you may be able to claim this tax credit.

Find out more about the Incapacitated Child Tax Credit

Housing

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

This grant allows you to make changes to your home so that it’s suitable for a person with a disability to live in.

Find out more about the Housing Adaptation Grant

Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme

Funding to improve the energy efficiency and warmth of your home available to families own their own home and already receive Domiciliary Care Allowance.

Find out more about the Better Energy, Warmer Homes Scheme

Transport and mobility

Disabled Drivers and Passengers Scheme

A range of tax reliefs to help you to buy or use a specially built or adapted vehicle for drivers and passengers with a disability.

Find out more about the Disabled Drivers and Passengers Scheme

Translated information about entitlements and benefits

You can find useful information about entitlements and benefits on the Informing Families website, translated into:

Page last reviewed: 10/05/2019
Next review due: 10/05/2022