If a person who has reached state pension age has a disability severe enough to need someone to help look after them, it may be they can claim Attendance Allowance. This payment is intended to help with the extra costs they may face.
It does not cover mobility needs, however.
It’s important to be aware a person doesn’t need to have to have someone caring for them in order to be able to claim.
Should a person have a carer, however, it may be the unpaid carer could get Carer’s Allowance if the individual has substantial caring needs.
Furthermore, it may be the other benefits one is eligible for can increase by getting Attendance Allowance.
The government website states: “You could get extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction if you get Attendance Allowance – check with the helpline or office dealing with your benefit.”
Attendance Allowance isn’t means-tested, and this means what a person earns or how much they have in savings won’t affect what they get.
Claiming the payment is done by post – the applicant must use the Attendance Allowance claim form to apply by post.
The government directs eligible people to call the Attendance Allowance helpline to ask for the form, including the form in alternative formats – such as braille, large print, or audio CD.
“Frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night,” is the definition of the level of help needed to get the lower rate of £59.70 per week.
Should circumstances change, a person could get a different rate.
“You must report a change of circumstances,” warns the government.
All benefits are paid into the recipient’s bank, building society or credit union account.