How do I Qualify?

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You will qualify if you the carer:

  • are aged 16 or over,
  • are ordinarily resident in the State,
  • care for the person on a full-time basis,
  • care for the person for at least six months - this period of care must include the first Thursday in June,
  • live with the person you are looking after or can be contacted quickly by a direct system of communication (for example, a telephone or alarm) between your home and the home of the person you are caring for.

Also, the person you are caring for must:

  • be so incapacitated as to need full-time care and attention (medical certification is required),
  • not normally live in a hospital, convalescent home or other similar institution,
  • not receive full-time care and attention within their own home from another person.

You will not qualify if you the carer are:

  • working outside the home for more than 15 hours a week,
  • getting or are entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance or signing for credited contributions,
  • living in a hospital, convalescent home or similar institution.
Last modified:24/05/2017

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