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Attendance allowance - eligibility

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Eligibility

You can get Attendance Allowance if you’re 65 or over and the following apply:

  • you have a physical disability (including sensory disability, for example blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both
  • your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself or someone to supervise you, for your own or someone else’s safety
  • you have needed that help for at least 6 months (unless you’re terminally ill)

Most carers know Attendance Allowance is a benefit that can be claimed by the person they're looking after. However, a significant number of carers are not only looking after someone else, but have a disability or illness themself. If this applies to you, you may also be able to claim AA.

Further info from GOV.UK

Attendance Allowance helpline
Telephone: 0800 731 0122
Textphone: 0800 731 0317
Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm