I would like to apply for attendance allowance for my Mum but she would not sign the paperwork if I presented it to her. Has anyone any experience of success with an application where the person with dementia doesn't sign. Briefly my Mum's situation is that Dad died in Feb 2006 - it became obvious that there were real problems with memory and she lives alone. In Nov 2006 bad knee arthritis set in and she saw a Dr but would not mention memory problems. In August 2007 my only sister, who lived near Mum, died in tragic difficult circumstances and Mum has gone steadily downhill. In March this year I got her to her GP. He sent a psychiatric consultant who said she has "good-going moderate dementia". He wants to do scans but Mum thinks it is either trickery on my part or a fuss about nothing. When I asked about power of attorney etc both medics said she did not have capacity and had a low score of 14 out of 30 in a mini mental health test. Any advice on getting financial help for mum? She says she is fine - just tired out by stupid people visiting - the Old People's Team, as far as I can tell. I live 200 miles away and phone conversations are getting worse.