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

There are two stages to the decision process.

1) A medical assessor reviews your application and determines in their opinion, if your child’s disability means that he or she needs care and attention substantially over and above what another child of the same age without the disability needs.

2) A deciding officer makes a decision on eligibility after considering this opinion and the application in its entirety.

Stage 1

Medical assessors are qualified and experienced doctors employed by the Department. They provide a professional opinion to assist the deciding officer in reaching their decision.

The medical assessor takes the following into account:

  • Your child’s history as outlined in the application form.
  • All supporting reports and information received.
  • The parent or carer’s description of the care and attention that the child needs.
  • After this assessment is complete, the medical assessor passes their opinion to the deciding officer.

The medical assessor forms their opinion based on the information provided. Your child will not be seen by them. You need to make sure that you provide as much detailed and relevant information as possible, so that the medical assessor has all the facts available to them when carrying out their assessment.

Stage 2

After receiving the medical assessor opinion, the deciding officer reviews the application, considers the application in its entirety and then decides if your child qualifies for the payment.

If the application is allowed, we will write to tell you of when and how payment will be made and when your entitlement may be reviewed.

If the application is disallowed, we will write to tell you and let you know that you have the right to ask for a review of the decision or appeal the decision directly to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. The Social Welfare Appeals Office is an independent body.

You should send your completed application form and supporting documentation to:

Domiciliary Care Allowance Section
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Social Welfare Services
College Road

Telephone: (071) 91 57100
LoCall: 1890 500 000

If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call + 353 71 91 57100

The rates charged for using 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.

Last modified:14/09/2017