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Update on my situation

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by TimT, Aug 23, 2015.

  1. TimT

    TimT Registered User

    May 11, 2015
    10
    On the 3rd August I sent in a new application for Attendance Allowance for my mother. Yesterday, 22nd, I got a reply confirming that my application was successful! Third time lucky! When I filled in the form I just gave them 2 A4 pages detailing the things I do for her plus any incidents that show how vulnerable she is. It worked, because they gave her the higher-rate AA, from memory I think it's £82.30 a week. In fact they backdated it to the 18/7/2015, over £400 in her account already. Financially she's not badly off, with both a basic state pension and a widows pension but it's not even £1000 a month, so this will really help. I'm just glad it's not means tested; you know how tight they can be. Now I can focus on trying to apply for Carer's Allowance.

    If anyone is in my position trying and failing to apply for AA, just keep persevering. Make a note of everything you do for them and incidents showing their vulnerability!

    Thanks all! That's a weight off my mind!
     
  2. Kjn

    Kjn Registered User

    Jul 27, 2013
    5,835
    Well done Tim, got there in the end !
     
  3. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,337
    Female
    South coast
    Well done. It took me hours to fill in the form.
    Claiming carers allowance is much easier - you can do it on-line. :D
     
  4. TimT

    TimT Registered User

    May 11, 2015
    10
    Yep, just sent it. :D
     
  5. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    9,765
    Merseyside
    Well done Tim.
     
  6. Pickles53

    Pickles53 Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    2,482
    Radcliffe on Trent
    So pleased you have got AA sorted. Don't forget the council tax discount application too if you haven't already done it.
     
  7. susy

    susy Registered User

    Jul 29, 2013
    806
    North East
    Can a wife, 85 years old get carers allowance?
     
  8. jimbo 111

    jimbo 111 Registered User

    Jan 23, 2009
    5,078
    North Bucks
    . Eligibility
    You
    You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply:
    you’re 16 or over
    you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
    have been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years
    you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces
    you’re not in full time education or studying for 21 hours a week or more
    you earn no more than £110 a week (after taxes, care costs while you’re at work and 50% of what you pay into your pension) - don’t count your pension as income


    https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/eligibility
     
  9. susy

    susy Registered User

    Jul 29, 2013
    806
    North East
    Thank you x
     
  10. sleepless

    sleepless Registered User

    Feb 19, 2010
    3,232
    Female
    The Sweet North
    In the info contained in the link, (under 'eligibility') it says you might not get it if you receive State Pension.
    However it may increase your benefits slightly.
    I have always understood it is not paid as a separate allowance to those on State Pension.
     

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