Before filling in the application form, please take a little time to read this section.
When we deal with an application for Carer's Benefit, we may have to assess the position of up to 3 people (the carer, their spouse, civil partner or cohabitant and the person being cared for).
We have to work out if you qualify for Carer's Benefit on your Social Insurance Record.
We must also examine the medical condition of the person being cared for to decide if they need full-time care and attention.
In addition, we must be satisfied that you, the carer, are providing full-time care and attention and are able to do so.
This means that the application form must ask for a lot of detailed information from you.
Before you begin filling in the application form and send it to us, you should read carefully and follow the instructions at the front of the form. You should read the checklist on part 9 of the form carefully to make sure you have completed all the questions and have all the necessary certificates and documents.
Application for a second person being cared for
If you already get Carer's Benefit and are now applying for a higher allowance because you are caring for a second person, you do not need to send in certificates again. In this case, complete the application form in full and write clearly across the top of the application form, "Application for a second person - no certificates attached".
The application form is divided into the following parts.
Part 1 deals with your personal details. Please sign the declaration when the form is completed.
If your circumstances change after you have been awarded Carer's Benefit, you must report this at once to us in the Department.
Part 2 deals with your work and claim details.
Part 3 lists the two possible payment options for Carer's Benefit.
Part 4 deals with your work details and must be completed and stamped by your most recent or current employer.
Part 5 deals with your qualified children(s) details.
Part 6 deals with your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant details.
Part 7 deals with your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant work and claim details including their means. You must also complete this part if you wish to claim an increase for a qualified child.
Part 8 covers details of the person or people you are caring for.
Part 9 is the checklist you should refer to before submitting your application.
If you care for more than 2 people, please let us know as you may receive a Respite Care Grant for them. You should fill in the CARB 2 form and send it to the address in section 11. You can get a CARB 2 form at www.welfare.ie or from your local Social Welfare Office.
Part 10 deals with the medical certification for the person or people being cared for. If you are caring for a person under age 16 and are getting Domiciliary Care Allowance, you do not need to send a medical report at this stage.
Remember to include all relevant certificates and documents with your application.