My husband's condition has deteriorated considerably over the past few months, and our CPN asked during one of her visits whether he received the higher rate of Attendance Allowance. - I did not even realise that there were different rates .... When I rang the DWP (Dept. of Work and Pensions) they sent me a new form by return, and I have just had the positive reply. However, there is a difference in the way the two rates are applied: when the lower rate is approved, it gets back-dated to the date when they receive the application. The higher rate is not granted until the applicant has been in need of 24-hour care for more than six months. Just thought I'd share that with you all. Don't delay if you feel you might qualify (it is actually paid to the patient, but in most of our cases we would obviously have to apply on the patient's behalf).