attendance allowance

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  1. sag

    sag Registered User

    Nov 26, 2007
    8
    has any body claimed attendance allowance? how do i go about it pls.
     
  2. ella24

    ella24 Registered User

    Nov 9, 2008
    1,024
    South Coast UK
    Hiya

    Just sorting for my dad.

    you need to contact the DWP. You can either call them for a form on 0800882200 or do it online (try direct.gov.uk)

    if you phone today, they will backdate your claim as of today's date

    good luck

    e
     
  3. julieann15

    julieann15 Registered User

    Jun 13, 2008
    2,012
    Leicestershire
    When applying-you need to paint it as black as it is- ie what the person cannot do unaided eg meds, cooking, personal hygiene in order to get the higher rate. Once you have it then council tax is reduced to 0 with a form from the doctors- we actually paid a friend of ours to write it for us- she had done about 20 over the last 2 years and all got the higher rate

    Julie xx
     
  4. sue38

    sue38 Registered User

    Mar 6, 2007
    10,856
    Wigan, Lancs
  5. Amber 5

    Amber 5 Registered User

    Jan 20, 2009
    890
    Berkshire
    Yes, I've just sent one off for my mum and was told by my SIL who works for DSS to make sure I wrote down the worst case scenarios. I must say I didn't enjoy doing it - found it all quite depressing thinking of how mum is doing - but there again, she should be entitled to it after working all her life.
    Good luck with yours.
    Gill x
     
  6. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,429
    It is very VERY important to fill it out as a worst case scenario. Thinks about the things your caree has done occasionally and assume that all of these things could happen at the same time. This is not the time to be protective, this is the time for brutal honesty. I filled it out on my own and got top rate, but other people have consulted Age Concern and the Alzheimer's Society and got assistance in filling out the forms, so if you're not used to form filling, that might be a couple of places to start. Whatever you do, don't minimize the difficulties. As an example, your caree may be able to dress themselves, may actually insist on dressing themselves, but if it takes them hours when it should take minutes then they need assistance dressing and that should be put on the form. Also, you have, to get the top rate, to show a need for help both night and day, although that help does not need to be continuous.
     
  7. gigi

    gigi Registered User

    Nov 16, 2007
    7,788
    East Midlands
    Hello Sag

    I absolutely agree with Jennifer...
    When I applied on Eric's behalf he really only occasionally needed night assistance....and/or supervision...

    At first it was refused because we had no definite diagnosis.

    Once there was a confirmed diagnosis there was no problem...

    Which is one of the reasons why it's important to have a diagnosis.

    Love gigi xx
     
  8. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    4,348
    Birmingham Hades
    I too filled in my wife's and got the top rate.
    Do not forget the backdating.
    If you have have needed help for 6 months it will be backdated.
    Norman
    PS
    I did not understand ,the council tax was 0 ?
     
  9. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,429
    I think the reference to council tax was due to the fact that in order to get the council tax reduction for severe mental disability you need to ALSO be receiving AA or DLA. It's only zero, of course, if the person you care for lives alone.
     
  10. julieann15

    julieann15 Registered User

    Jun 13, 2008
    2,012
    Leicestershire
    Jennifer
    Sorry I forgot to put that in my original post- thank you for spotting it:eek::eek:

    Julie xx
     
  11. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,429
    Lets face it - I didn't spot it. That was eagle eye Norman :)
     
  12. julieann15

    julieann15 Registered User

    Jun 13, 2008
    2,012
    Leicestershire
    Sorry Norman- my thanks should have been directed to you:eek::eek::eek::eek:

    Julie xx
     
  13. sag

    sag Registered User

    Nov 26, 2007
    8
    thank you all

    thanks for advice on claiming AA will get on to it and let you know how i do.
    not looking forward to filling it in but if it means we can keep mum at home longer then it will be worth it.
     
  14. Sam Iam

    Sam Iam Registered User

    Sep 29, 2008
    3,151
    WEST OF THE MOON
    Sag, I got AA for my Mum, I got low rate as Mum is still able to dress & wash and sleeps through the night and I am Mum's appointee. which means that I can speak to the DWP on Mum's behalf. The AA can also up'd to high rate at such times as Mum needs more help. xx
     
  15. icare2

    icare2 Registered User

    Jun 18, 2006
    84
    scotland
    will we never learn after all this time!!!

    as soon as anyone is diagnosed with this dreadful illness,there should be a package put together,for the welfare and the rights for them,I mean not just the benefits they are entitled too but the WHOLE PACKAGE.

    FROM SOCIAL SERVICES IN YOUR LOCAL AREA,WITH EXPERIENCED WORKERS IN THIS ILLNESS.!! THAT IS IMPORTANT EXPERIENCE!!

    AS ALL CARE FUNDING!! MUST START WITH A SOCIAL WORKER!!! TO PUT IN FOR THIS!!

    IN MY OWN EXPERIENCE I LEARNED WITH MY MISTAKES,TOO MANY PEOPLE EVEN DOCTORS NURSES HAVE NOT A CLUE ABOUT ANY HELP THAT IS AVAILABLE,EVEN THE MODERATORS IN HERE ARE NOT UP TO THE FULL HELP THAT IS AVAILABLE, THO IM SURE THEY TRY THERE BEST..

    YOUR LOCAL PRINCESS TRUST CAN HELP WITH MOST PROBLEMS,WITH THIS ILLNESS
     
  16. lesmisralbles

    lesmisralbles Account Closed

    Nov 23, 2007
    5,543
    Hello icare2

    YOUR LOCAL PRINCESS TRUST CAN HELP WITH MOST PROBLEMS,WITH THIS ILLNESS

    I shall contact them tomorrow.
    Thank you:)

    barb X
     

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