Is my friend, and carer, eligible for a carer’s allowance?

John wants to know what benefits his friend is entitled to for caring for him.

Is my friend, and carer, eligible for a carer’s allowance?

John wants to know what benefits his friend is entitled to for caring for him.

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Q. John
I am a Vietnam veteran. I am totally and permanently incapacitated, and I receive a war pension. My friend is taking care of me. Is he entitled to a carer’s pension?

A. There are a range of rules regarding eligibility for a carer allowance relating to both your own situation and your carer’s situation.

Carers must be providing additional daily care and attention to someone because they either have a disability or severe illness or are frail aged. By the sound of things, it seems your friend meets the requirements for care.

But, in addition to this, he must also meet the requirements of the income test. To receive the Carer Allowance, he and his partner’s combined adjusted taxable income must be under $250,000 a year.

As well as meeting those requirements, the person receiving care must meet all of the following:

  • score high enough on the Adult Disability Assessment Determination 2018 (ADAT)
  • be likely to have the illness or disability for at least 12 months, unless it’s terminal
  • get care from the carer in their home, the carer’s home or in hospital.

A Centrelink Financial Services officer will be able to explain whether your friend is eligible for the payment. He can contact an officer by calling 13 2300.

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    Digby
    5th Aug 2019
    11:18am
    Ben, there are 2 carers payments from memory. The carers allowance is not means tested ( and only pays a small amount of last time I looked about $120 per fortnight) and the carers pension which pays more and is means tested. Things may have changed but it's not that long since I closed my surgery to do purely domiciliary visits (months not years). I remember frequently filling out the forms for the carers allowance preferred by the department that a specialist in the area such as myself complete the forms, rather than the GP. (The GP's preferred it too.
    Sundays
    5th Aug 2019
    12:24pm
    Yes, the Carers Pension is means tested same as Age Pension
    Paddington
    5th Aug 2019
    11:20am
    If you can shower, dress, cook, etc without help then you are not eligible.
    Sundays
    5th Aug 2019
    12:23pm
    My friend gets both Carers Pension and Carers allowance for her mother who can certainly shower and dress herself but just needs help with putting on shoes and socks. Mum still drives herself around in daylight.
    McDaddy
    5th Aug 2019
    2:27pm
    Maybe your friend shouldn't be getting it, if the Caree can do everything except put on her own shoes and socks. Sounds a bit weird?
    Sundays
    5th Aug 2019
    4:04pm
    Yes, because all that was needed was a doctor to sign off. Mum is 87 and lives with her daughter who does the cooking and cleaning but she can certainly make herself a cup of tea and a sandwich or snack. I guess she will need more care as time goes on.
    McDaddy
    5th Aug 2019
    4:46pm
    So with the flick of a Drs pen, the deed was done hey?
    Sundays
    5th Aug 2019
    7:11pm
    Yep, but at least they live together. Another woman I know gets it even though her mother lives independently in her own retirement unit and has help from NDIS, I think that’s a bit of a rort
    sunnyOz
    5th Aug 2019
    8:57pm
    Sundays....'lives in a retirement unit'... must be under 65, as the NDIS is not available to over 65's.
    Sundays
    6th Aug 2019
    8:22am
    No, she is 90 sunny oz. retirement unit in a Over 55 Village complex, not nursing home.
    McDaddy
    6th Aug 2019
    1:00pm
    So not getting help from NDIS then as sunnyoz suggested.
    Sundays
    6th Aug 2019
    3:49pm
    Yes, NDIS supply a Carer to shower, clean and spend time, bought a new wheelchair through NDIS. in addition, her daughter gets the carers pension. Sure, she takes Mum shopping, outings and daily visits.

    Not my problem if you don’t believe me. My point is that it seems like double dipping. The rules seem to be easily manipulated not like other pensions and allowances. Yet, for others Caring is a full time, hard slog
    Older lady
    6th Aug 2019
    2:58pm
    Well having no family I am hoping I can have a carer look after me when I’m older.
    How I’d get to appointments etc I really don’t know. I also would need someone to check in in me in case I’ve fallen. Surely If people don’t have family they can get extra assistance from govt ?
    Farside
    6th Aug 2019
    3:49pm
    there are commercial service providers who can do this in the absence of family if you can afford them. You might also want to explore medical alert button and bracelet providers to raise alarms in case of falls and a weekly check in.

    Meanwhile you might want to have a chat with your local council, church, community centre and charities to familiarise yourself with local services available to assist the elderly.


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