How do HomeCaring Periods work?
The HomeCaring Periods Scheme makes it easier for you as a home carer to qualify for a higher rate of State Pension (Contributory) when you reach pension age. You can only be awarded HomeCaring Periods if you were born on or after 1 September 1946.
Who can qualify for HomeCaring periods?
A HomeCaring period may be awarded for each week not already covered by a paid or credited social insurance contribution, and in the instance where you were caring for someone in the one of the categories below:
- a child or children under 12 years of age, or
- a child or children over 12 years of age who needed an increased level of care, or
- an adult who needed an increased level of care
Please note – Only one person can claim a HomeCaring Period for supporting a child or adult at any one time. This should be taken into consideration for couples who may both seek to claim for a given child or adult during the same time period.
More details about the eligibility criteria for HomeCaring Periods can be found on gov.ie
What will you be asked for?
You may be asked for information about:
Questions about you and your circumstances while you were caring for someone else
Details about anyone you cared for
You will be asked if you were ever the primary carer for someone else. If you were, you will need that person's details such as their Date of Birth/Mothers Birth Surname/ PPSN and the dates you provided care
Details about the level of care you provided to someone
If you did care for someone, you will be asked questions to establish the level of care you provided