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24-10-2019, 22:04   #1
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Which entitlements?

My husband lost his complete eyesight through an accident and had to stop working apart from that he also suffers from Depression and Osteo Arthritis. He is not able to go to work.

I do work full time but with extreme difficulty due to my husbands disability as he is not able to do anything even though he has gone for training etc. He lost a lot of weight and now has started to feel suicidal. He was assigned a guide dog but does not go out unless I am with him. Many times I had to leave work to see to him and when I get home I do all the usual household work and cooking. Due to his blindness he is not capable of even making himself a sandwich. At times he cannot get out of bed due to either the Depression or Osteo Arthritis hurting him too much.

We are not in any receipt of any type of benefit as I am not sure what we would be entitled to claim as he needs full time care. I am thinking of resigning from my job and care for him full time but do not know where to start as both of us have never been on benefits as we always worked.

Could someone please point me in the right direction to which benefits there are I could start applying for? Also I am not sure how long does the process take? Would it be better to resign now or once the decision for benefit has come through?

Sorry for asking so many questions but I just need to do something or I will lose my husband.
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24-10-2019, 22:26   #2
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That's really tough on you both. I dont know much about benefits but citizens information would be a good place to start. Check out their website or call in to a center near you. I hope you get some help. https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/
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24-10-2019, 23:51   #3
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The first people you should contact are the NCBI

https://www.ncbi.ie/

They will know every support that is available to you and hopefully can give you the help you need
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25-10-2019, 07:41   #4
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You need to go to your local Citizens Information Centre and get help to apply for :
Blind Pension
Blind Welfare Allowance
Disablement Benefit (possibly)
Carers Allowance.
All of which you as a family may be entitled to.
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Try get your husband to a counsellor as well, he needs to deal with his depression and suicidal thoughts immediately, his or your gp is a good starting point. I wish you the best of luck
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25-10-2019, 12:20   #6
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Thank you very much for your reply


I spoken to the GP this morning and now I am starting to get everything into motion.
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