Everyone knows that care can cost a great deal of money so it is important that families ensure that they get all of the financial support they deserve. There are a range of benefits, some of which have universal entitlement others which require certain criteria.
Websites and organisations such as Citizens Advice, Age UK offer excellent support but the key details are as follows:
Attendance Allowance helps with extra costs if you have a disability severe enough that you need someone to help look after you.
It’s paid at 2 different rates and how much you get depends on the level of care that you need because of your disability.
You could get £58.70 or £87.65 a week to help with personal support if you’re both:
- physically or mentally disabled
- State Pension age or older
It does not cover mobility needs.
The other benefits you get can increase if you get Attendance Allowance. You could get extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction if you get Attendance Allowance – check with the helpline or office dealing with your benefit.
You do not have to have someone caring for you in order to claim.
If you do have a carer, they could get Carer’s Allowance if you have substantial caring needs.
All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, such as your bank account.
Changes of circumstances
Your circumstances can affect how much you get, for example, moving between the lower and higher rates. You must contact the Attendance Allowance helpline if your circumstances change. For example:
- the level of help you need or your condition changes
- you go into hospital or a care home
- you go abroad for more than 4 weeks
- you’re imprisoned or held in detention