As we all get older some are lucky enough to continue to enjoy good health well into old age however some people find that they need help with daily living.
Some people may have difficulty getting about or with personal care such as dressing or washing, or with their sight or hearing. If this is the case then they may be entitled to some extra money to help.
The two main benefits for disabled people are Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Attendance Allowance (AA).
People under 65 may be entitled to the DLA. There are two components to DLA: care and mobility which can be paid at different rates depending on the level of difficulty the person in suffering from.
Attendance Allowance (AA)
If someone is over 65, and they aren’t already getting DLA, they may be able to claim Attendance Allowance if they have difficulties with personal care. There is no mobility component to Attendance Allowance.
AA is paid at two different weekly rates, depending on how your disability affects you:
- Higher rate £73.60
- Lower rate £49.30
Making a claim
You can get a claim form for Attendance Allowance by calling the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00 (textphone: 0800 24 33 55). You can also download a claim form or start a claim online at www.direct.gov.uk