My father in law's dementia began to deteriorate sharply back in August so we applied for higher rate attendance allowance. (He already had the lower rate) He's just been awarded this - but we'd not really taken in about the six month rule, so it's been awarded from February onwards. He will be 97 next may - apart from the increasingly severe dementia (incontience - swallowing difficulties- absolutely no short term memory) there are other health problems. He has diminished lung capacity as the result of a fall which has made him more prone to infections. He was recently hospitalised with pneumonia. Would it be worth asking the AA people to look again at the award but using the criteria for people who are not expected to live much longer? The six month wait just seems so Scrooge-like for a man who is as old and ill as he is.