Attendance Allowance is a tax-free weekly benefit paid to help with extra costs involved when you require care because you are physically or mentally disabled and are aged 65 or over. You can find out all about Attendance Allowance, including how to claim, here:
It is not about being elderly; it is about the amount of personal care you require because of your illness. This could be help with activities such as washing, dressing, eating, using the toilet, moving around indoors and communicating. The help could also take the form of supervision to ensure you are safe, prompting you to take medication etc.
Attendance Allowance will not reduce any other income you may receive, quite the opposite in fact. If you are awarded Attendance Allowance you may become entitled to other benefits such as Pension Credit or Council Tax benefit, or to an increase in those benefits.
To request a claim form please phone 0800 731 0122.
If somebody you care for has either a physical disability (which affects their day to day activities), or dementia, Signpost may be able to help you/them by completing an Attendance Allowance application. To find out more, please contact us on 0161 442 0442.