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Carer's Assessmnt .... what's the point?

Discussion in 'I have a partner with dementia' started by Annypurple, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. Annypurple

    Annypurple Registered User

    May 6, 2015
    44

    Sorry the help has been stopped! It seems LAs are cutting, but at the same time the Care Act has raised expectations!
     
  2. Ottoman68

    Ottoman68 Registered User

    Dec 25, 2015
    43
    London
    Carer's Assessment - what's the point?

    Scarlet 123

    Thank you for your response. My husband has well in excess of the £23,250 limit for the Carer's Allowance and in my London borough that is a total cut-off

    I spent a large part of yesterday filling in the dreaded Attendance Allowance and attached a PoA as he certainly would not have been able to complete it. He does not accept his Alzheimer's diagnosis though he knows that his memory is shot and he is unable to plan anything. The DWP sent extra copies of the AA pack at my request so I was able to keep a copy of my submission.

    All dates of diagnosis were included (from GP to blood tests to Memory Clinic to MRI).
     
  3. Trisha4

    Trisha4 Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    2,442
    Yorkshire
    I hope the attendance allowance goes through smoothly. It did for my husband and I completed the forms myself. I wrote to them recently to say his condition had deteriorated and I thought he might qualify for the larger amount. They sent a form which I completed and again it has been accepted and the amount raised to the higher amount without any problems.
    Once you have attendance allowance you can ask for a reduction in council tax or whatever it's called now.
    Best wishes with it all.


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  4. Ottoman68

    Ottoman68 Registered User

    Dec 25, 2015
    43
    London
    Carer's Assessment - what's the point?

    Thanks Trisha 4. I'd never applied for any benefits before and the form was somewhat daunting. Age Concern helps some people with the best wording, but not in my area sadly.

    Appreciate that it's possible to up the amount if the situation gets worse, and to challenge the decision if it is not positive in the first place.

    I did my best to be as accurate and comprehensive as possible and that is all I could do!

    Understand that it might take weeks to be decided so have filed the papers away and will await the outcome.
     
  5. Scarlett123

    Scarlett123 Registered User

    Apr 30, 2013
    3,802
    Essex
    Last year I did voluntary work for CAB, as I'm probably the only person on the planet who likes filling in forms. ;) I did more AA forms than anything else, and I know they contain a lot of questions that appear to be repetitive. The advice I gave claimants was to always keep a copy, and if you haven't heard after 3 weeks, there's no harm in telephoning and asking for the status of the application.

    If you need any help at all, with this, or anything else, please do not hesitate to PM me, as I'm only too happy to help. :)
     
  6. liz56

    liz56 Registered User

    Feb 15, 2015
    34
    North Somerset
    It was the same for us - became obvious straight away that anything offered by our local authority was going to cost £20 per hour. We didn't bother to fill out the (very long!) forms to start the assessment. To be honest I was too worn out to bother ! We paid a local ch for one day a weeks daycare, and paid an agency for one day care at home . Both came to far less than the local authority offer and set up very easily.
     
  7. Scarlett123

    Scarlett123 Registered User

    Apr 30, 2013
    3,802
    Essex
    I think the post code lottery, of available care, and whether it's free or not, annoys me more than anything else. :mad::mad::mad: If you have Alzheimer's, and your spouse is exhausted, it shouldn't matter whether you live in Cambridge, Cardiff or Cleethorpes, but it does. :(

    Every LA only has a "cake" of care available to cut, and if someone's getting a whopping big slice, and others aren't even getting crumbs, it's so unfair. And the size of the cake varies from LA to LA as well, depending on where you live.
     

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