Domiciliary Care Allowance

The Domiciliary Care Allowance is a financial payment made by the Department of Social Protection to parents/guardians of children with severe disabilities who need extra care and attention in their daily life and will continue to need this kind of care for at least 12 months. The rate of the Domiciliary Payment is €309.50 a month*. If they are attending residential services where they are only home for 2 days or less a week, then it will be a half rate payment of €154.75. Find more information here.

How Do I Apply?

To apply, your child must be aged under-16 and must live at home with the person claiming the allowance for 5 or more days a week. If the child is attending a resident from Monday – Friday and goes home at weekends (2 days) only, a half rate payment applies.

Payment is based on an assessment by the Department Medical Assessor and they will look at the following criteria;

  • history of the case
  • medical reports received
  • description of the care and attention required by the child given by the parent/guardian.

You can find the form here.


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