Call the Disability and Carers Service on 028 9090 6186 (textphone: 028 9031 1092) Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (excluding public holidays) to request a claim form.
You can also download a claim form from NI Direct - Carer's Allowance.
If you receive State Pension, you can claim Carer's Allowance using a shorter claim form. Contact the Department for Social Development (DSD) on 028 9082 9000 for further information.
If you need help completing the form, the Age NI Advice Service can help you, call freephone 0808 808 7575.
If your circumstances change
If your circumstances change, e.g. if you take a break from caring, stop being a carer altogether or the person you care for goes into hospital, make sure you let the Carer’s Allowance Unit know.
Douglas & Kathryn's story
Douglas, 79, spent 40-odd years driving a petrol tanker around the country before he retired at 65. While he loved the job‚ it took its toll on his knees and he is now partially housebound.
'My wife Kathryn and I had no idea that we could claim benefits,' said Douglas.
Kathryn said‚ 'Douglas was finding it hard to manage on his own at home. His knees made him unstable so he was at risk of injury. I was working part time and was always worried about him when I left the house.
'Douglas got help to claim Attendance Allowance and then I claimed Carer’s Allowance so I could leave my job as a cleaner and stay home full time to look after him.
'The extra money has made a big difference to our lives. Douglas now gets the proper care he needs with me at home and he can pay for physio on his knees. I find we worry less about our heating bills. I am healthier too since leaving my job because the cleaning was taking its toll on me physically.
'And to think‚ all we did was answer some questions and sign the forms.'
Free benefit check
If you, or an older person you know needs advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence. Our advisors can provide a free benefit check to ensure that older people are accessing the benefits they are entitled to.
Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call the Age NI Advice Service today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.