This benefit may be paid to people aged over 65, who are physically or mentally disabled and need help with personal care or supervision to remain safe, but not already getting DLA or PIP. (You do not actually have to be getting any help when you claim, it is the help you need that is relevant. You can get it if you live alone, you do not need a carer.)
To be eligible, you must have a physical or mental impairment that affects the way you can care for yourself, and hence you require another person to do one of the following:
• Actively help throughout the day in connection with personal actions you cannot do for yourself, such as seeing, eating, dressing and undressing, going to the toilet
• Continual supervise you throughout the day in order to avoid substantial danger to yourself or others
• Provide prolonged or repeated attention throughout the night in connection with bodily functions
• Watch you for a prolonged period or frequent intervals during the night to avoid substantial danger to yourself or others
There are two rates of Attendance Allowance:
• higher rate is for people who need help day and night.
• lower rate is for people need help only during the day or only during the night.
The Allowance may be paid for a fixed period or indefinitely.
A claim form (AA1A) for Attendance Allowance is obtainable from the Helpline 0345 605 6055, or may be downloaded