Government of New Brunswick

Overview

The Primary Informal Caregiver Benefit is a non-taxable, monthly financial benefit of $106.25, available to informal caregivers of Long-Term Care and Disability Support Services program clients receiving in-home services from the Department of Social Development.

All eligible Long-Term Care and Disability Support Services program clients will automatically be sent an application package in the mail. Packages will be sent during the week of June 25, 2018.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this benefit, you must be an informal caregiver of :
• a senior receiving care who has had a long term care functional and financial assessment completed by the Department of Social Development and is receiving subsidized support to help him/her remain living at home, or
• an adult with a disability who has had a disability support program application and financial assessment completed by the Department of Social Development or one of its partner agencies and is receiving subsidized support to help him/her remain living at home.

If you are not an existing client of Social Development’s Long-Term Care or Disability Support Services program and want more information about the programs and services, please refer to the Quick Links.

Description

The Primary Informal Caregiver Benefit is a non-taxable financial benefit that has been introduced to recognize the vital role informal caregivers play in supporting and assisting seniors and adults with a disability to remain safely in their own homes, as well as to help offset some of the costs associated with caregiving.

An informal caregiver is a member of a person’s informal support network who provides regular, on-going care and assistance, without pay, to someone in need of support due to a physical, cognitive, or mental health condition. An informal caregiver may include a spouse, parent, adult child, other relative, friend, or neighbour.

To be eligible to receive the Primary Informal Caregiver Benefit, the primary informal caregiver:
• Must live in New Brunswick;
• Must be aged 19 or over;
• Must provide regular, on-going care and support to an eligible Social Development client (eligible Social Development clients are those who receive subsidized long-term care or disability supports in home services and live in a private residence or subsidized housing in New Brunswick);
• Must be identified and designated as the “primary” informal caregiver by the client or a client’s representative with legal authority / power of attorney; and
• May or may not share a principal residence with the client.

An informal caregiver would not be eligible for the primary informal caregiver benefit if:
• the Social Development client to whom they are providing informal care and support is living in an adult residential facility, ie: special care home, memory care home, generalist care home, community residence or nursing home;
• the caregiver is being paid to provide formal care to the Social Development client, for example, as a private home support worker or an Alternate Family Living Arrangement service provider; and / or,
• the informal caregiver is a Long Term Care or Disability Support Services Program client.

For more information about the Primary Informal Caregiver Benefit, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions in the Quick Links.