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Attendant's Allowance

Marilyn69

New member
Feb 17, 2020
4
Does anyone know whether those with dementia can claim Attendance Allowance. I can't be with him all the time. Thanks.
 

canary

Registered User
Feb 25, 2014
11,630
South coast
Yes, definitely. The money can be used to help pay for things like a cleaner, carers, meals on wheels, day care, whatever. Its not means tested, but it is quite difficult to fill in correctly (you have to fill it in as if it were the very worst day), so I would recommend that you get someone like Age UK or Citizens Advice to help you.
 

nellbelles

Volunteer Host
Nov 6, 2008
8,614
leicester
Hello @Marilyn69 and welcome to DTP it’s a knowledgable and friendly forum I hope now you have found your way here you will continue to post for whatever support you may need.
if you or anyone else care for The PWD for more than 35 hours a week you may be entitled to carers allowance
 

Marilyn69

New member
Feb 17, 2020
4
Hello @Marilyn69 and welcome to DTP it’s a knowledgable and friendly forum I hope now you have found your way here you will continue to post for whatever support you may need.
if you or anyone else care for The PWD for more than 35 hours a week you may be entitled to carers allowance
Thank you Helen
 

annielou

Registered User
Sep 27, 2019
711
Yorkshire
Yes. Definately agree with getting help to fill it in if you can though. Mum has just been awarded it after we applied in december.
A lady from 'making spaces' our local carer support service came to mums and filled it in with us. A lot of the questions didnt fit mum exactly with the options available so we filled in the additional box at end of question with details instead.
Mum is also on pension credit and after she got her AA she automatically also got an SDP increase in her pension credit too.
Mum had just been reassessed by SS for 3x short carer visit a day and a day a week at day centre. When she got her AA her income was reassessed and SS said the extra AA and SDP was now classed as accessible income and it would need to go to SS towards cost of her care they were going to provide.
We decided to keep the benefit and use it to pay for and organise our own carers etc ourselves. We'd prefer a longer block from a carer over couple of afternoons rather than 3 short visit every day.
 

DesperateofDevon

Registered User
Jul 7, 2019
2,658
Yes. Definately agree with getting help to fill it in if you can though. Mum has just been awarded it after we applied in december.
A lady from 'making spaces' our local carer support service came to mums and filled it in with us. A lot of the questions didnt fit mum exactly with the options available so we filled in the additional box at end of question with details instead.
Mum is also on pension credit and after she got her AA she automatically also got an SDP increase in her pension credit too.
Mum had just been reassessed by SS for 3x short carer visit a day and a day a week at day centre. When she got her AA her income was reassessed and SS said the extra AA and SDP was now classed as accessible income and it would need to go to SS towards cost of her care they were going to provide.
We decided to keep the benefit and use it to pay for and organise our own carers etc ourselves. We'd prefer a longer block from a carer over couple of afternoons rather than 3 short visit every day.
Attendance allowance stopped for Dad when he went into care.
Aged Mother gets both aspects of AA & that’s not taken into any financial assessments - a financial assessment done by funding council
Check if pension credits are applicable as well.