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Attendance Allowance is the benefit that many over-65s can claim, if you need help with your personal care because of an illness or disability. It can be worth up to £79.15 a week.
Our Attendance Allowance leaflet can help you increase your chances of making a successful claim. It looks at how to apply for Attendance Allowance, common care needs to include, myths about the benefit, and more. Download the leaflet to find out more.
If you’re over 65 and need help looking after yourself because you have a disability or illness, you may be able to get Attendance Allowance (AA). It’s not means-tested and receiving it won’t affect any other benefits you claim.
There are two weekly rates, depending on the level of help you need:
You must be 65 or over and not already claiming Disability Living Allowance. Whether you’re actually getting any outside help doesn’t matter, as your claim will be assessed on your needs.
For example, you might require help with washing, or getting dressed, or making yourself a meal, or need someone to be with you to keep you safe.
At the assessment, you'll need to provide identification. You can use a passport; birth certificate; full driving licence; bank statement; or life assurance policy.
You can spend the money you get on care or in any other way you choose.
You can use our online benefits calculator to find out if you might be eligible for Attendance Allowance.
You can download a form or start a claim online on the GOV.UK website, or get a claim form by calling the Attendance Allowance helpline on 0345 605 6055 (textphone: 0845 604 5312).
When completing the form, don’t underestimate your needs. Think about all the things you can't do, or have trouble with, because of your condition.
For examples of what to consider when explaining your needs, see our free guide More money in your pocket: a guide to claiming benefits for people over pension age (PDF 2MB).
Attendance Allowance (PDF 182KB)
Disability equipment and how to get it (PDF 248 KB).
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Contact your local Age UK, Citizens Advice Bureau or advice agency if you need help with the claim form.
You may be entitled to Attendance Allowance if you have a disability or require personal care during the day. Ashley Morgan explains what it is and how you can claim.
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