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Kidney Disease
                                                                          — A Guide for Patients

           Disability Allowance is a long-term weekly         hours per week provided this has first been
        allowance paid to people with a disability aged       approved with the Department of Social Protection.
        between 16 and 66. Your disability must be            Any money earned, however, will be assessed as
        expected to last for at least one year and the        means in deciding the amount of allowance due.
        allowance is subject to both medical suitability,        There are other allowances available with the
        means test and habitual residency test.               Carer’s Allowance such as:-
           Both Invalidity Pension and Disability Allowance   ● Free travel pass
        entitle you to a free travel pass and you may qualify  ● Household benefit package
        for a companion free pass if you are unfit to travel  ● A Respite Grant paid annually to all carers.
        alone.                                                   Carer’s Benefit: Those who leave the
           Working and Claiming a Disability Payment:         workforce to care for a person in need of full-time
        In certain circumstances, it may be possible to       care and attention may be entitled to Carer’s
        obtain a disability payment and work, provided the    Benefit, which is based on PRSI contribution.
        work is certified as being of a rehabilitative nature.   If you already receive a Social Welfare Payment
        People on Disability Allowance or Blind Persons’      you are not eligible for Carer’s Allowance or Carer
        Pension may be allowed to retain their social         Benefit. You may claim either, in place of your Social
        welfare payment while working part-time (certain      Welfare Payment.
        conditions apply). Written approval must be
        obtained from the Department of Social Protection.
        This may result in the withdrawal of a medical card.
           Carer’s Allowance is a payment for carers who              “Carer’s Allowance is a
        look after a loved one in need of full-time care and      payment for carers who look
        attention. This payment is means-tested. If a carer        after a loved one in need of
        looks after more than one person, they may also be
        eligible for an additional payment of 50%. A carer        full-time care and attention.”
        may work outside the home for a small number of

                              HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE (HSE) PAYMENTS

          Supplementary Welfare Allowance is an               Exceptional Needs Payment
          emergency payment for people without PRSI              Help towards expenses incurred during
          contributions. It is a basic minimum income to help  hospitalisation such as travel, clothing etc.
          bridge the gap while social welfare payments’
          applications are being processed. This payment is   Other HSE payments include:-
          available from the local Community Welfare          ● Mobility Allowance
          Officer and covers areas such as:                   ● Respite Care Grant (as mentioned above)
          ● Rent Allowance                                    ● Blind Welfare Allowance
                                                              ● Motorised Transport Grant
          ● Mortgage Interest Payments
                                                              ● Back-to-School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.
          ● Special Diet Allowance                               These payments can be obtained by applying

          ● Heating Allowance.                                to your local HSE with supporting documentation.

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