Domiciliary Care Allowance

Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment to the carer of a child with a disability so severe that it 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. The Domiciliary Care Allowance scheme was administered by the Health Service Executive before it was transferred to the Department of Social Protection. In order to qualify, the child must have a severe disability that is likely to last for at least one year and:

In addition, the person claiming the allowance for the child must:

To qualify for Domiciliary Care Allowance a child must have a disability so severe that it requires the child needing care and attention and/or supervision substantially in excess of another child of the same age. Eligibility for Domiciliary Care Allowance is not based on the type of impairment or disease, but on the resulting lack of function of body or mind which means the child needs extra care and attention. The Department's Medical Assessor will take the following into account before giving his/her opinion on whether the child meets the medical criteria:

Reviews and appeals
If your application is refused on medical grounds, you may submit additional information and ask for the case to be reviewed by a different Medical Assessor. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of this review, or wish to appeal on other grounds, you can appeal the decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.


The Domiciliary Care Allowance rate is €309.50 per month. There is no restriction on the number of children in respect of whom you may claim Domiciliary Care Allowance. (In other words, if you are caring for more than 1 child who qualifies for Domiciliary Care Allowance, you may claim the monthly allowance for each). Payment is made on the third Tuesday of every month for the current month.

How to apply
You can get an application form in your Local Social Welfare Office. Or you can download the form from the Social Welfare website You should complete Parts 1 to 5 of the application form and have your child’s GP complete parts 6 and 7. Please ensure that you attach any reports or assessments relevant to your child’s disability
Where to apply
Your application form and supporting documentation should be sent to:
Domiciliary Care Allowance Social Welfare Services Office
Department of Social Protection
College Road
Tel : (071) 915 7100


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