Had to open up and admit the awfullness of the situation in its every detail and was probably helped by Aunt being in a home. Matron filled in her bits to match (wandering, could be aggressive, prone to fall if unattended, incontinent, etc)
Otherwise it was straightforward. I'm guessing you will find it more difficult as you are a lone carer and the b******s won't believe you. They haven't got a clue have they.
The difference between standard and full allowance appeared to be whether care was needed at night. You can probably match their form by adding sheets and sheets of additional info to support your claim. Don't hold back and have a strong drink to hand for afterwards when you are left feeling as low as low can be.
I had no trouble getting the full allowance. But I did send a letter with the form as, with all forms they never quite cover your circumstances. If you wish I can send you a copy of my letter as a private message.
The only query I had from them was to say they wanted a copy of the EPA, which I duly sent. All this was quite early on in the illness soon after Margaret had been diagnosed as suffering from AD.
I was very suprised to find Margaret had been awarded the full allowance.
I can't now remember how long the process took but it didn't seem unduly long.
A good bit of advise was given at our local carers meeting. Get in touch with DART, they will send someone out to check if you are claiming everything you are entitled to and fill out all forms for you.
With attendance allowance you have to look at the worst senario and fill the form in accordingly, thats what I did before I had heard of DART and it seemed to work as mum got full aa from the offset.
I applied for this for Mum a few years ago. I got in touch with our local carer's federation and one of their workers came out and spent the morning filling the forms out for us. She talked to both me and Mum and asked us to describe 'the worst scenario' for each question. I was left with a sheet to fill out myself for which I used the main questionnaire as a source of reference. Mum was awarded the higher allowance within 4 days complete with backdated amount. There could have been no time even to refer to our GP. Mum was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the time not Lewy Body as she is now but was certainly more 'with it' I suspect than a lot of people who are cared for on this site. Hope this helps
Hi Norman, I applied, and received, full mobility allowance for Lionel about 18 months ago. Had quite a struggle to get personal allowance, refused twice, but I kept appealing.
Circumstances have changed over the past 6 months, and as Lionel was receiving middle care allowance, I have applied to have this re-assessed because of night care needed.
Have just received forms, will tackle them over the weekend, but it was the comment in the accompaning letter which made me cross."WHEN WE LOOK AT THE DECISION MADE IN YOUR CLAIM, WE MAY LOOK AT THE WHOLE DECISION AND NOT JUST THE PART YOU HAVE ASKED US TO LOOK AT2
I do hope I shall not be in for another battle.
Any suggestions anyone. Love Connie