Eating disorder sufferers are
sometimes entitled to disability allowance due to their physical and
psychological condition. Don't feel stigmatised by the word
Sufferers are most sensitive people
and on their journey to recovery they need financial support, which
they are entitled to.
When you make an application you will be more than likely refused the first time, so appeal it!
Never accept a no!
Always get letters ( medical reports ) from your GP and therapist.
Learn about ED and its medical complications as much as you can
yourself, this will strengthen your position immensely towards
officials within the HSE.
You must undergo a medical test in order to qualify for disability allowance. This
medical test can be very traumatic for sufferers. Parents have
the right to intervene if necessary.
Unfortunately eating disorders are still seen as an eating problem,
and sufferers who bring
" enough " kg's onto the weighing
are classified as: " there is nothing wrong with you ".
This is still a common procedure by health board doctors, they still
use bodyweight as an indicator of a sufferer's emotional distress.
And remember make notes every time you are dealing with the HSE.
Send every letter with registered post, letters can get lost very
By making an application you may experience
a lot of frustration and disappointment, but if you are persistent, you will get there in the end!
understanding and helpful people working within the HSE
Always remember You have rights, and the disability allowance is one
of those rights.
The financial burden during the journey to recovery can be
sometimes a very difficult one to deal with.
If you have any further questions please
Official guidelines :
This is a long-term means tested
payment made to people with a disability where the disability is
expected to last at least a year.
You may be entitled to this if you are aged between 16 and 66,
satisfy both a means and a habitual residency test, and have a
specified disability which results in your being ‘substantially
handicapped’ in undertaking work which would otherwise be suitable
for a person of your age, experience, and qualifications. A
specified disability is an injury, disease, congenital deformity or
physical or mental illness or defect, which has continued or may
reasonably be expected to continue for at least one year. Your means
and that of your spouse/partner are taken into account. Your
parents’ means are not considered.
entitled to a Free Travel Pass and may qualify for a Companion Free
Travel Pass if you are unfit to travel alone. You can earn €120 per
week from rehabilitative type work without it affecting your
Disability Allowance. Before you start work you must get approval
from the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
forms (DA 1) are available from your local Social Welfare Office or
from the Disability Allowance Section of the Department of Social
and Family Affairs.
Disability Allowance is payable up to age 66 as long as you satisfy
the medical and means conditions. Two personal rates of Disability
Allowance are paid to a couple where each is eligible for the
allowance. Recipients of Disability Allowance whose spouse/partner
is in receipt of another social welfare payment may receive the full
personal rate of Disability Allowance, if they have no other means.
If you become a long-stay patient in hospital or in residential care
you retain your existing payment. You continue to be paid the full
rate if you are in part-time residential care. You may qualify for
Living Alone Allowance, Free Travel and Benefits in Kind. From June
2005 if you are resident in an institution and you are not eligible
for a social welfare payment you may qualify for a new Disability
Allowance payment of €35.00 per week.
You can earn €120 per week from rehabilitative type work without it
affecting your Disability Allowance. You must get approval from the
Department of Social and Family Affairs before you start work. If
you have been getting Disability Allowance for at least 15 months
(12 months if aged 50 or over) and you return to the workforce you
may be eligible for the Back to Work Allowance – see section on
employment for further details. When you have been on Disability
Allowance for at least six months you may be eligible for the Back
to Education Allowance (12 months for third level courses from
Maximum Weekly Rates, €
How to apply:
Complete application form (DA 1) available from post offices, your
local Social Welfare Office or
Disability Allowance Section and send it to :
Social Welfare Services Office,
Tel: (043) 45211 or (01) 704 3000
and application forms are available from the following:
Department of Social
and Family Affairs