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Attendance Allowance - When moving into care

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by CraigC, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. CraigC

    CraigC Registered User

    Mar 21, 2003
    6,630
    London
    I'm just double checking as it is dangerous to assume.

    1. Does attendance allowance always continue to be paid if the person recieving it goes into full time care (when fully self-funded in England).

    2. Do most people in care (full self-funded) recieve the higher rate of attendance (approx £64 per week).

    I'm having to notify the social services retrospectively about dad moving into full time care and want to feel confident they are not going to ask for the attendance allowance back. I hate unexpected bills!

    thanks
    Craig
     
  2. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
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    #2 jenniferpa, Mar 20, 2008
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2008
    1) Yes, except for hospital stays of more than 1 month
    2) I would imagine so, but have no stats to back that up. My mother did, but she had it before she went into any specialised accommodation.

    Edited to add: the only way they could ask for AA back is if he was in hospital for more than a month or was being fully funded by the NHS or social services. If he WAS hospitalised for over a month then AA stops but restarts on discharge.
     
  3. CraigC

    CraigC Registered User

    Mar 21, 2003
    6,630
    London
    Thanks for the speedy clarity Jennifer.
    I'll fill those forms in with a bit more confidence now.

    Kindest Regards
    Craig
     
  4. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,417
    Question: if he's fully funded why are you notifying social services?
     
  5. CraigC

    CraigC Registered User

    Mar 21, 2003
    6,630
    London
    Delicate one, I'll PM you.
     
  6. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    17,000
    SW Scotland
    Not relevant to your question, Craig, but for the record, things are a bit different in Scotland. If anyone needs info on this, they can either post a question, or PM me.
     
  7. connie

    connie Registered User

    Mar 7, 2004
    9,519
    Frinton-on-Sea
    You are probably sorted now Craig.

    Lionel is self funding, and receives his Disability Living Allowance in full. Higher rate personal care + higher rate mobility.

    I did check a couple of times when he first went away permanently.
    Like you, I hate surprises/shocks.
     
  8. TinaT

    TinaT Registered User

    Sep 27, 2006
    7,095
    Bolton
    Like yourselves, I hate nasty paying back DPW surprises so I phoned them this morning to tell them Ken was going into fully funded nursing care in two week's time. I had a lovely surprise when they told me that he would get his higher rate mobility payments re-installed but not the disability living component.
    So I am very pleased that after 9 months of visiting the hospital every day, and taking Ken home every day for the last 4months (making 4 journeys a day) and paying for car parking fees at the hospital all this time, now that he is going into a nursing home - I can have the mobility allowance reinstated!

    xxTinaT
     
  9. connie

    connie Registered User

    Mar 7, 2004
    9,519
    Frinton-on-Sea
    Never understand the working of the DWP, but pleased for you Tina.

    You must be looking foraward to:
    Hope all goes smoothly. Of course, you have your break with your mum to come first. Enjoy.
     

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