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Who can claim Attendance Allowance?

You could be eligible for Attendance Allowance if you:

  • are 65 or over (if you’re under 65, you may be eligible for Personal Independence Payment instead)
  • could benefit from help with personal care, such as getting washed or dressed, or supervision to keep you safe during the day or night
  • have any type of disability or illness, including sight or hearing impairments, or mental health issues such as dementia
  • have needed help for at least 6 months. (If you’re terminally ill you can make a claim straight away.)

Attendance Allowance isn’t means-tested, so your income and savings aren’t taken into account. You don’t actually have to receive help from a carer, as Attendance Allowance is based on the help you need, not the help you actually get.

And you don’t have to spend your Attendance Allowance on care – it’s up to you how you use it. Attendance Allowance can help you to stay independent in your own home. So don’t delay in making a claim if you think you could be eligible.

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For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081