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Home Support

The young carer team can assist you to find services that will help you as a young carer.

Support at home might include things like practical assistance in your home or a break from your caring role. Call us on 057 93 70208 or email info@youngcarers.ie and we will be happy to look into options for you!

Respite (Getting a break)

Are you tired? Do you need a break? ‘Respite’ is another word for taking a break from your caring role. Everyone needs a break and respite is very important to ensure that you are looking after your own wellbeing. Respite for you may mean hanging out with other young carers at a young carer group or taking part in a day trip, weekend break, or camp. You can check out the events section for info about upcoming and ongoing activities for young carers.

Sometimes there might be a lot going on at home and it might be difficult for you to stop and take a break. You might need a little bit of extra help. When carers are struggling to take a break from caring, the Family Carers Ireland centre in your area may be able to help out. They can let you know what support you can get to help you to take a break and may be able to arrange some respite assistance. This may include in-home help to look after your loved one; support workers to assist your family when you are taking a break away from home; and residential respite care (when your loved one stays somewhere else for a short time). You can also call the young carer team on 057 93 70208 to chat about what is available in your area.

Financial Assistance

Depending on your individual situation, you or a family member may be able to access financial assistance from the Department of Social Protection (DSP). Young carers may not receive any financial support from DSP if they are under 18 years. However, another family member may be eligible. See below for a brief overview of the payments available to carers. For more info, check out the DSP website.

Carer’s Allowance

This is a payment for people who are caring on a full-time basis for someone who requires full-time care and attention and will require it for at least 12 months. The carer must satisfy a means test and be habitually resident in Ireland. A person in receipt of Carer’s Allowance will also be entitled to the Carer’s Support Grant (formerly the Respite Care Grant) the Free Travel Pass and may be entitled to the Household Benefits Package (if living with the person they are caring for) which includes an electricity allowance and a Television Licence.

Half-rate Carer’s Allowance

This is paid to people who are caring on a full time basis and in receipt of another Social Welfare payment (except Jobseeker’s Allowance/Benefit). This means the Carer will keep the main social welfare payment and get half-rate Carer’s Allowance as well. As with full Carer’s Allowance, the Carer will also be entitled to a Free Travel Pass and Household Benefits Package (if living with the person they are caring for) which includes an electricity allowance and a Television Licence.

Carer’s Benefit

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).

Care Sharing

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.

Carer’s Support Grant (formerly Respite Care Grant)

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.

Domiciliary Care Allowance 

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.

For a full listing of available rights and entitlements see our Rights and Entitlements Booklet.

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