This is part two of a series of articles from our pensions team in which we inform you of your entitlements and how to avoid missing out on what’s rightfully yours.
Increasing years creep up on all of us, and almost inevitably we need help with our day to day living, especially if we have a long-term illness or mental/physical disability.
Attendance Allowance is designed to help with the cost of extra care for those in need.
£55.10 if you need help in the day or at night
£82.30 if you need help both in the day and at night.
Whilst in itself this allowance will not go far, you may become entitled to other benefits, such as; Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and even a reduction in your Council Tax. Those already in receipt of these benefits may be able to seek an increase – It’s always worth looking into.
WHAT IF YOUR APPLICATION IS REJECTED
Not every application is immediately successful and people are often refused because they do not give enough detail about their needs. You should always be absolutely clear and explicit about your needs or you won’t succeed.
COMMON CARE NEEDS:-
Washing, bathing and looking after your appearance
Help getting in and out of the bath or shower, adjusting shower controls, shaving, putting on skin creams, or washing or drying your hair?
Going to the lavatory
Do you need help with your clothes after using the toilet – during the day or at night?
Help with medication
Simple things like counting out the correct dosage of tablets, understanding instructions about your medicines, managing conditions such as diabetes, and of course having someone there if only to recognise a change in your condition.
The simple things in life
Even little things are important, like having someone to watch over you in case you have a fall, seizure or even in case you get confused, forgetful or disorientated. Do you need someone to give you medication for angina or asthma attacks, or to help calm you down during a panic attack?
These and all sorts of other needs can be addressed – so don’t delay in contacting the
Benefits office to claim your rights now!