Department of Social Protection
Published on 15 November 2019
Last updated on 14 June 2022
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 at 66.
Under this scheme, periods of time when you were caring for someone can be included in your social insurance record.
HomeCaring Periods can only be used under the new State Pension (Contributory) Aggregated Calculation Method
of pension calculation.
If you were born after 31 August 1946 and you have cared for someone full-time, you can apply for this scheme.
A HomeCaring period may be awarded for each week not already covered by a paid or credited social insurance contribution, where you were providing full-time care for:
To qualify, you must also:
Only one person can get a HomeCaring Period for supporting a child or adult at any one time. For example, only one parent can get one HomeCaring Period for one child at any one time.
There are no direct payments for periods spent as a home carer. Any periods will be included during the calculation of your State Pension (Contributory).
You do not need to apply if you are or were getting certain social welfare payments. HomeCaring Periods will be applied automatically if you spent time getting:
Applications will only be considered once you have submitted your application for State Pension (Contributory).
To apply, please complete the HomeCaring Periods application form below.
Application Form: HomeCaring Periods (HCP1)
You can also get this form at your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office
or Citizens Information Centre.
Please return your completed application form to:
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