If you need some extra help at home because of a disability or illness, you may be entitled to the UK Governments Attendance Allowance.
The Attendance Allowance is a benefit for over 65’s whether you need help in the day, the night or both. The money doesn’t have to be spent on a carer – it could be put towards something that can make your life at lot more independent for longer.
- It is not means tested, therefore it doesn’t matter how much savings you have or what your income is.
- It won’t reduce any other income you are receiving.
- It is tax-free.
- If you are eligible to receive the Attendance Allowance you may become entitled to other benefits available.
If you need help either in the day or at night you could get £55.65 a week. If you need help both in the day and the night you could get £83.10 a week. The benefit is paid every 4 weeks.
To be eligible for claiming the Attendance Allowance there is a criteria to be met:
- You must be 65 or over.
- You must have a type of disability or illness.
- You would benefit from help with your personal care.
- You must have needed help for at least 6 months. (If you have a terminal illness and need help you can claim straight away.
To claim Attendance Allowance, please follow these steps:
- Get a claim form by clicking here https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance/how-to-claim download, complete and print off before posting or calling the Attendance Allowance line 0800 731 012 (Textphone: 0800 731 0317), Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
- Complete the form as best as possible. Ensure you are extremely clear about how your illness or disability affects your life.
- If you need help filling in your form, please ask your Curam Carer.
- Ensure you have all necessary documentation before sending the completed form to the address on the form.