Attendance Allowance Information
Attendance Allowance is not taxed, or ‘means tested’.
Income or savings doesn’t affect eligibility and it can be claimed for the person living with Dementia if a person:
• Is over State Pension age
• Needs support because of an illness/disability
• Support has been needed for at least 6 months (less if terminally ill)
• Hasn’t had a formal diagnosis of a condition
How much is the weekly Attendance Allowance?
• £59.70 Lower rate - help or supervision is often needed during the day
• £89.15 Higher rate - help or supervision is needed during the day and night
What can Attendance Allowance be used for?
There is a choice how the benefit can be spent; it is based on the support needed e.g. helping a person stay independent in their own home.
The money could help pay for equipment, heating costs, a cleaner or support worker, meal delivery, transport for medical appointments or anything else to support someone who needs a bit of extra help.
How to claim?
• Call the Attendance Allowance helpline 0800 731 0122 requesting a form
(a successful claim will be backdated to the call date)
• Or visit https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance and apply on-line easily
You may want to explain how an illness or disability affects every day tasks including personal care e.g. showering, cutting toenails or taking medications, or tasks such as cleaning, gardening or shopping. Keeping a diary for a few days, may help with completing the form by highlighting areas needing support. Attendance Allowance can be applied for on behalf of someone else, such as a friend or relative. If the situation changes the amount paid can be reviewed and increased to the higher rate if appropriate.
To find out more about financial support, please have a look at the Dementia Oxfordshire website. https://www.dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk/financial-support/
How it works
You could get £67.25 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.
You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.
You do not get paid extra if you care for more than one person.
If someone else also cares for the same person as you, only one of you can claim Carer’s Allowance.
Carer’s Allowance can affect the other benefits that you and the person you care for get. You have to pay tax on it if your income is over the Personal Allowance.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
Claiming Carer’s Allowance if you’re affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
You can claim Carer’s Allowance if you provide care remotely during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes giving emotional support over the phone or online.
How you’re paid
You can choose to be paid weekly in advance or every 4 weeks.
It will be paid into an account, for example your bank account.
What else you can get
For each week you get Carer’s Allowance you’ll automatically get National Insurance credits.
You may also be able to apply for:
Universal Credit if you’re on a low income or out of work
Pension Credit if you’re over working age
grants and bursaries to help pay for courses and training
Income Support (if you get the severe disability premium and you’re on a low income)
income-based Employment and Support Allowance (if you get the severe disability premium and you cannot work)
NHS continuing healthcare
Some people with long-term complex health needs qualify for free social care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. This is known as NHS continuing healthcare.
Where can NHS continuing healthcare be provided?
NHS continuing healthcare can be provided in a variety of settings outside hospital, such as in your own home or in a care home.
Am I eligible for NHS continuing healthcare?
NHS continuing healthcare is for adults. Children and young people may receive a "continuing care package" if they have needs arising from disability, accident or illness that cannot be met by existing universal or specialist services alone.
To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, you must be assessed by a team of healthcare professionals (a multidisciplinary team). The team will look at all your care needs and relate them to:
what help you need
how complex your needs are
how intense your needs can be
how unpredictable they are, including any risks to your health if the right care is not provided at the right time
Your eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare depends on your assessed needs, and not on any particular diagnosis or condition. If your needs change then your eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare may change.
You should be fully involved in the assessment process and kept informed, and have your views about your needs and support taken into account. Carers and family members should also be consulted where appropriate.
A decision about eligibility for a full assessment for NHS continuing healthcare should usually be made within 28 days of an initial assessment or request for a full assessment.
If you are not eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, you can be referred to your local council who can discuss with you whether you may be eligible for support from them.
If you still have some health needs then the NHS may pay for part of the package of support. This is sometimes known as a "joint package" of care.