Supports for carers

The Department of Social Protection provides a range of financial and other supports to Carers to help with the financial burden of caring and assist the caring organizations in meeting the support needs of Carer’s and their families, including; 

  • Carer's Allowance
  •  Care Sharing
  •  Carer's Benefit
  •  Carer Support Grant (formerly the Respite Care Grant)
  •  Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Homemakers Scheme (Pension Entitlements Accrual)
  • Mobility Allowance

Retired and Older People

  • Pensions
  • Homemakers Scheme (Pension Entitlements Accrual)
  • Household Benefits
  • Free Travel

Other Supports

Water Conservation Grant, Fuel Allowance, Living Alone Allowance and other supports

The HSE provides benefits and services to thousands of families and individuals in Ireland, and all of the schemes are provided for in law to make the cost of health and medical care more affordable for all.

For more information on specific schemes, see:

Money Advice Budgeting Service (MABS)

MABS is a free and confidential service for people in Ireland with debt problems and money management problems. There are 52 MABS offices in Ireland, staffed by trained Money Advisers who can help you deal with your debts and make out a budget. Money advisers can examine your income to make sure you are not missing out on any of your entitlements, contact your creditors on your behalf with offers of payment if you are not able to do it yourself and help you decide on the best way to make the payments.