Domiciliary Care Allowance - SW127

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  1. What is Domiciliary Care Allowance?
  2. Who may qualify?
  3. When and how do I apply?
  4. How is my claim decided?
  5. Checklist for Domiciliary Care Allowance application
  6. Reviews and Appeals
  7. For more information

You should apply as soon as you consider that you and your child satisfy the qualifying conditions set out previously. To apply, fill in form Dom Care 1.

To get an application form:

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  • Text "FORM DCA" followed by your name and address to 51909 (from the Republic of Ireland only). Standard text rates apply.
  • Drop in to your local Citizen Information Centre, your local Intreo Centre or your local Social Welfare Office.

Please use BLACK ball point pen and use BLOCK letters and place an X in the relevant boxes.

You should complete Parts 1 to 5 of the form.

Please ask your G.P./Specialist to fill in Parts 6 and 7 (the medical section) of the form and attach any reports or other information you have about your child’s disability and the impact it has on their care needs.

*If your child has a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD*), you have the option of having additional form Dom Care 3, completed by a medical professional/specialist dealing with your child. While this is not compulsory, the completed form can provide more detail of your child’s medical condition and the specific care needs your child has as a result of their disability, this will assist the deciding officer in making the decision.

In some instances, your medical professional/specialist may have recently provided a comprehensive report on your child’s medical condition and resultant care needs and in these circumstances this report will serve the same purpose as the Dom Care 3 form and it is not necessary to complete this
additional form.

*PDD, refers to a group of disorders characterised by delays in the development of socialisation and communication skills. Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Rett’s Syndrome are generally referred to under this category.

While we understand that completing this form may be difficult for you, we need the information so that we can make a decision on your application.

Not all questions in the application form may apply to your child, so please answer the questions that are relevant to your own circumstances.

Please let us know your mobile phone number and we will text you right away, confirming that we received your application.

It is in your best interest to apply as soon as you think that you qualify.

If you delay in applying, you will, subject to satisfying the qualifying conditions for the scheme, usually get Domiciliary Care Allowance from the month after we receive your application.

The payment can be back dated for up to 6 months if there was a good reason for not applying at the time you were originally qualified for the allowance.


Last modified:09/07/2014