If you have a health problem that means you need help with your personal care, you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance (AA) and get extra money each week to support you.
Attendance Allowance is not means tested so you can claim it regardless of whatever income and savings you have.
The rate you get depends on the help you need. It doesn’t matter if you are actually getting help; the important thing is that you need it. You can spend it on care or a carer, or the extra things you need to keep you safe and independent. There are two weekly rates:
You can use our online benefits calculator to find out if you might be eligible for Attendance Allowance.
If you are aged under 65, you may be able to get Disability Living Allowance.
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.
You can apply for Attendance Allowance:
Download an application form:
You can also ask the Benefit Enquiry Line to send you an application form via 0800 220 674 or 028 9090 6178.
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If you, or an older person you know needs advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence. Our advisors can provide a free benefit check to ensure that older people are accessing the benefits they are entitled to.
Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call the Age NI Advice Service today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.
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