The question to ask yourself is, could you go away and leave your husband on his own overnight? If not, and you need to help/prompt/supervise him, you should apply for the higher rate.Thanks everyone for your replies and advice.
It’s hard to know if applying for the higher rate is the right thing to do.
Because I’m here all the time it’s impossible to imagine how my OH would get by if he was alone. I don’t think he would even go to bed let alone undress, dress, etc, etc!
Wow! That’s put a whole new light on the question. There is no way I would consider leaving him overnight. OK decision made, I will let you know how I get on. ThankyouThe question to ask yourself is, could you go away and leave your husband on his own overnight? If not, and you need to help/prompt/supervise him, you should apply for the higher rate.
Could you put one side of the bed to the wall and fold a blanket placing it under the mattress to slightly raise the mattress on the non wall side? Might just be enough.I did discuss this with an OT but somehow came to the conclusion it wouldn't be of use at present. The falls aren't nightly and he can generally get in and out of bed without aid so it could be more of a hindrance. The OT did suggest laying pillows on the floor though! Yeah, right. A nice trip hazard, eh?
If I could find a rail that could be let down and put back simply by the PWD I'd probably try it. What we don't want is something that requires assistance to use - just something to act as a gentle roll-stopper.
Pillows under the bedclothes at the edge of the bed work to a degree but that's far from ideal. Never mind .... I don't need sleep.
Bed against the wall's not an option. Will try raising the mattress though. I'm getting into the mindset of twin beds - I'm sure I could steal a few inches here and there to make a space for them - but part of me is just so against the idea despite the fact that it makes sense.Could you put one side of the bed to the wall and fold a blanket placing it under the mattress to slightly raise the mattress on the non wall side? Might just be enough.
Its either night or day. If you are getting Attendance Allowance it will be for attending someone during the day or the night. When it becomes more during the other part then you can claim for the second one. You just phone up for a form and complete the form and send it off.Can anyone tell me, is this just based on assistance required at night?
My OH currently gets the lower rate but other people I have spoken to are on the higher rate, just wondering given the challenges of looking after PWD at quite an advanced level?
That's great news. I think I got my 'yes' back in about 4 weeks, it was all every efficient.Update as promised.
So I decided to apply to upgrade to the higher rate.
I am unable to seek help from an organisation like age uk as, although I sometimes am able to go out alone I can’t plan ahead so an appointment is out of the question.
I completed the form, following all your advise.
Expected about a 6 week wait but after just 2 weeks received a letter. Request accepted and not only that but backdated 7 months.
So, don’t be put off. If you feel you need help, ask for it!
Thanks to you all for your advise.