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DS1500 form for terminal illness

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Leswi, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. Leswi

    Leswi Registered User

    Jul 13, 2014
    120
    Bedfordshire
    Anybody come across this before? Mum is considered to be on end of life care and we are keeping her at home. Today GP said he will complete this form which will be a weekly benefit to help pay towards care. I have read somewhere that this automatically makes care at home free. We were going through CHC process but wonder I f this is necessary now? Been fighting for couple more care visits so hopefully this paperwork will change things. We are not self funding.
     
  2. carlton ann

    carlton ann Registered User

    Feb 13, 2016
    60
    Ds1500 is a form to help the disabled person claim attendance allowance, and in turn the carer may be able to claim carers for caring for the disabled person. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,715
    Female
    London
    #3 Beate, Jun 2, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2016
    This form is needed to claim AA or PIP for someone with less than six months to live. It speeds the awarding of this benefit up but as far as I know it does not automatically make care at home free - it just helps to pay for it.

    http://patient.info/health/benefits-for-the-terminally-ill
     
  4. Havemercy

    Havemercy Registered User

    Oct 8, 2012
    121
    Hi - if your mother is considered to require end of life or palliative care by the docs (ie a rapidly deteriorating condition) then Fast Track funding should be applied for from your Clinical Commissioning group. Your GP will know about this and how to apply - or your district nurse. If awarded then all care will be paid for by the NHS. If you google Continuing Health Care Fast Track Funding you should find the details. As has been said, the other form your GP was talking about is completely separate and will pay either Attendance Allowance or PIP under the Special Rules.

    Best wishes to you and your family.
     
  5. Havemercy

    Havemercy Registered User

    Oct 8, 2012
    121
    Actually not sure (if mum is awarded Fast Track CHC funding) if she would be able to.get AA or PIP under Special Rules? Someone will know hopefully but I do know that once Fast Track is applied for it should only take 48 hrs for a decision to be reaxhef by the CCG.
     
  6. Havemercy

    Havemercy Registered User

    Oct 8, 2012
    121
    I have found the answer! If your mum is to remain in her own home for the Continuing Healthcare package (if granted) then she will be able to claim Attendance Allowance under the Special Rules. However, if she were to get CHC funding in a care home, then the Attendance Allowance (whether or not under Special rules) cannot be claimed.
     
  7. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    19,038
    Male
    North Manchester
    "If your mum is to remain in her own home for the Continuing Healthcare package (if granted) then she will be able to claim Attendance Allowance under the Special Rules."

    To clarify, receipt of CHC whilst still living in your own home does not affect any DWP benefit that you can claim or are receiving. Unlike CHC in a care home, or inpatient in hospital, the NHS is only funding the medical care.

    This in turn means that a person can also claim Carer's Allowance using AA or another qualifying benefit as part of the entitlement.
     

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