Domiciliary Care Allowance

If you are the parent of a child with a severe disability then the child’s needs must require care and attention that would meet the criteria to qualify for the Domiciliary Care Allowance and this is a requirement in order for you to be eligible for a Carer’s payment.

Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) is a monthly payment for children under the age of 16, who have a serious disability and require care and attention above the needs for care of a child of the same age. The current rate is €309.50 a month.  In addition to the DCA there is a once a year payment called the Carer’s Support Grant, which is currently paid every June and the rate for this is €1850 (from June 2021). You must be awarded DCA in order to qualify for the Carer’s payment in respect of caring for a child

Should you feel you may be eligible for a Carer’s payment then it is advisable to apply as soon as possible whilst at the same time applying for the DCA as the process can take several months. DCA may be backdated for up to 6 months if there was a good reason why you did not apply for the allowance when you originally qualified for it.


A person can apply for this by downloading a Domiciliary Care Allowance Form by texting ‘FORM DCA’, followed by your name and address, to 51909.