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Domiciliary Care Allowance

Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment for a child with a severe disability.

The payment is not based on the type of disability. It is based on the impact of the disability.

Carer's Benefit

Carer’s Benefit is a payment made to insured people who may be required to leave the workforce or reduce their working hours to care for a person(s) in need of full time care.

It is payable for a period of 2 years (104 weeks) for each care recipient and may be claimed over separate periods up to a total of 2 years (104 weeks).

Carer's Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is a payment to people on low incomes who are caring full-time for a person who needs support because of age, disability or illness (including mental illness). The person being cared for must require full-time care and attention.

Household Benefits Package

The Household Benefits Package (HBP) helps towards the costs of your electricity or gas bills. It also includes your television licence. Only one HBP is payable per household.

The package is available to everyone over 70. It is not means tested and you do not need to be getting a pension.

If you are between 66 and 70 you may still get the package, if you meet the necessary conditions.

You may also qualify if you are under 66 and get Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension, Blind Pension. or Carer's Allowance (if you are living with the person you are caring for).

VAT refunds on aids and appliances used by people with disabilities

If you live in Ireland and you have a physical or mental disability, you may get a refund of Value-Added Tax (VAT) on certain aids and appliances that you need. A refund may also be available to someone who pays for aids and appliances that are for the exclusive use of someone else who has a disability. This scheme of VAT refunds on aids and appliances can apply to adaptation and installation work being carried out to make a home more suitable for an older person or for a person with a disability – see ‘Housing adaptations’ below. The scheme does not apply if you have not been charged VAT on your purchase. For example, wheelchairs are zero-rated for VAT.

Assessment Of Need

Assessment Officers

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