The person being cared for must need:
- continuous supervision and frequent help throughout the day with their personal needs, such as walking and getting about, dressing, washing, eating and drinking,
- continuous supervision to avoid danger to themselves,
- full-time care and attention for at least 12 months.
The person being cared for may attend a nonresidential course of rehabilitation training or a day care centre approved by the Minister for Health and Children.
You, the carer, may:
- attend an educational or training course or take up voluntary or community work for up to 15 hours a week,
- work part-time as a Home Help for the Health Service Executive for up to 15 hours a week (your earnings from this work will not be assessed as means),
- take up limited self-employment in your home (any earnings from this work will be assessed as means),
- take up employment outside your home for up to 15 hours a week.
Any income, except earnings from working part-time as a Home Help for the Health Service Executive, will be assessed as means.
During your absence, you must arrange adequate care for the person requiring full-time care and attention.
We will be flexible when assessing the need to provide fulltime care and attention and consider the needs of you, the carer, and the person receiving care. We do not expect, nor want others to expect, that you would provide care 24 hours a day.