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Notes
This booklet provides help and information to fill
in the Attendance Allowance claim form.
If you want help filling in the claim form
l phone us on 0800 731 0122. We can also arrange interpreters if you phone
or visit us.
l textphone 0800 731 0317 if you have speech or hearing difficulties.
Ourtextphone service does not receive messages from mobile phones.
Or you can contact an organisation like Citizens Advice.
This booklet is available in large print or braille. Please phone 0800 731 0122.
Attendance Allowance
for people of State Pension age or over
Contents Page
Things you will need before you fill in the claim form 3
How to fill in the claim form 3
What is Attendance Allowance and can I get it? 4
What do ‘help with personal care’ and ‘supervise’ mean? 5
When can I claim Attendance Allowance? 5
How is Attendance Allowance worked out?
Lower rate of Attendance Allowance 6
Higher rate of Attendance Allowance 6
How your disabilities affect you 6
Medical examinations 6
Do you normally live in Great Britain? 7
Special rules
Claiming under the special rules for someone else 8
How to claim under the special rules 8
How to get a DS1500 report 8
About your illnesses or disabilities and the treatment or help you receive
Consent 9
The aids and adaptations you use 9
Being in hospital, a care home or a similar place 10
How we pay you
If we pay you too much money 10
How the Department for Work and Pensions collects and uses information 10
Help and advice about other benefits 11
What happens next 12
2
Things you will need before you fill in the claim form
Before you fill in the claim form, it will be useful to have ready some of the
things listed below. Do not worry if you do not have all of them.
l Your National Insurance number. You can find this on your National
Insurance number card, letters from the Department for Work and Pensions,
or payslips.
l The name of your GP and the address of your GP’s surgery.
l Details of your medication or an up-to-date printed prescription list if you
have one.
l Details of anyone you have seen about your illnesses or disabilities in the
last 12 months, apart from your GP.
l Your hospital record number (if you know it). You can find this on your
appointment card or letter.
l If you have been in a hospital, a care home or similar place – the dates you
went in and came out, and the name and address of the place you stayed.
You may also find it helpful to keep a record – write down a list of things you
have needed help with or found difficult over one or two days. If you have good
days and bad days, or your disability varies over time, you may want to keep a
record of your needs over a good day and over a bad day. Start from the time
you get up in the morning, through 24 hours, to the time you get up the
following morning. You can send in the record with your form if you want to.
You do not have to fill in the form in one go. Take your time so that
you can describe all the help you need.
How to fill in the claim form
Please use black ink to fill in the form. Do not worry if you are not sure
how to spell something or you make a mistake. If you want to correct
a mistake, please cross it out with a pen – do not use correction fluid.
Please tick the box to show
Yes
your answer. For example:
P
No
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What is Attendance Allowance and can I get it?
Attendance Allowance is to help with extra costs if you have a disability
severe enough that you need someone to help look after you.
You may get Attendance Allowance if:
l you are State Pension age or over when you make your claim
l you cannot get Disability Living Allowance
l you cannot get Personal Independence Payment
l your disability means that you need help with your personal care
(see page 5) or you need someone to supervise you for your own or
someone else’s safety (see page 5), and
l you have needed that help for at least 6 months.
You may not think of yourself as disabled, but if you have a health
condition or illness that means you need the type of help we tell you
about in these notes, you may be able to get Attendance Allowance.
Your disability may be physical, or you may have mental-health
problems, learning difficulties, sight, hearing or speech difficulties.
l Attendance Allowance is not usually affected by your income or
savings (but, if you get Constant Attendance Allowance with another
benefit, this will be paid instead, or reduce the amount of your
Attendance Allowance).
l Attendance Allowance is not taken off other benefits and tax credits
you may get.
l You don’t usually need to have paid any National Insurance
contributions to claim Attendance Allowance.
l You do not have to pay tax on the Attendance Allowance you get.
l If you get Attendance Allowance, you may get extra money with
other benefits (see page 11).
Even if you are not actually getting the help you need, you can still
get Attendance Allowance.
If you are under State Pension age, you may be able to get Personal
Independence Payment instead. Contact the Personal Independence
Payment enquiry line on 0800 917 2222 or textphone 0800 917
7777 if you want to ask us about a Personal Independence Payment.
You can find out more about Attendance Allowance online at
www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance or by phoning 0800 731 0122
see page 1.
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What do ‘help with personal care’ and ‘supervise’ mean?
‘Help with personal care’ means day-to-day help with things like:
l washing (or getting into or out of a bath or shower)
l dressing
l eating
l going to or using the toilet, or
l telling people what you need or making yourself understood (if you
have a problem, such as learning difficulties, that makes this hard).
‘Supervise’ means that you need someone to watch over you to help you
avoid substantial danger to yourself or other people.
This could mean:
l when you take medicines or have treatment
l keeping you away from danger that you may not know is there
l avoiding danger you could face because you cannot control the way you
behave, and
l stopping you from hurting yourself or other people.
You may need help with personal care or supervision because you:
l find it hard to move your arms or legs or have no control over them
l get breathless easily or are in pain, or
l have behaviour difficulties, mental-health problems, or you get confused.
When can I claim Attendance Allowance?
You can normally only get Attendance Allowance when you have
needed help for 6 months (unless you claim under the special rules –
see page 8). If you claim straight away, we will deal with your claim
as soon as possible.
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How is Attendance Allowance worked out?
There are 2 rates of Attendance Allowance:
l lower rate, and
l higher rate.
The rate you get is based on how much help you need.
Lower rate of Attendance Allowance
You may get the lower rate of Attendance Allowance if you need:
l help with personal care frequently throughout the day
l help with personal care during the night
l someone to supervise you continually throughout the day to help you
avoid substantial danger
l someone to watch over you at night to help you avoid substantial
danger, or
l someone with you when you are on dialysis.
Higher rate of Attendance Allowance
You may get the higher rate if you need:
l help with personal care or someone to supervise you throughout the
day and also during the night.
You may also be able to get this rate if you claim under the special rules
(see page 8).
There are fixed amounts of money for Attendance Allowance. You can
find the current rates online at www.gov.uk
How your disabilities affect you
You may not think of yourself as disabled, but if you have a health
condition or illness that means you need the sort of help we tell you
about in these notes, you may be able to get Attendance Allowance.
We know that disabilities can affect people more on one day than
another – they have good days and bad days. We know that your
disability may vary over a period of time. Please try to tell us as much
as you can about how your disability varies.
We also know that help needed during the day and help needed during
the night can be different. There are separate questions for you to tell
us about the different sort of help you might need.
Medical examinations
If we cannot get a clear picture of how your illnesses or disabilities
affect you, we may ask a health care professional to examine you.
Medical Services, who arrange medical examinations for us will contact
you if an examination is required.
These notes give you more help and advice with some
of the questions in the claim form
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7
If you’re not British, Swiss or a national of the following countries, send us your passport,
travel documents and any letters you have from the Home Office with the form.
Italy (including Sicily, Sardinia and Elba,
Austria
butnot Vatican City and San Marino)
Belgium Latvia
Bulgaria Liechtenstein
Croatia Lithuania
Cyprus Luxemburg
Czech Republic Malta
Denmark (but not the Faroe Islands and
Netherlands
not Greenland)
Estonia Norway
Finland (but not the Aland Islands) Poland
France (including Corsica, Guadeloupe,
Martinique, Reunion and French Guiana Portugal
butnot Monaco)
Germany Romania
Greece (Including Crete and the
Slovakia
Greek Islands)
Hungary Slovenia
Spain (including the Balearic Islands,
Iceland theCanary Islands and the Spanish
enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla)
Republic of Ireland Sweden
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Do you normally live in Great Britain?
To be able to get Attendance Allowance you normally have to have lived in the UK for
2years out of the last 3 and not be subject to immigration control. You may be able to
meet this condition if you are, or have been, living in another European Economic Area
(EEA) state or Switzerland.
These rules do not apply if you are terminally ill and qualify under the special rules.
Also, if you have come to Great Britain from a country that is part of the EEA, or
Switzerland, then depending on your circumstances you may not have to wait for this
period of time before you can get Attendance Allowance.
If you or a member of your family live in another country that is part of the EEA, or in
Switzerland, then you may be able to get Attendance Allowance if the UK is responsible
for paying you sickness benefits.
You can find more information about claiming Attendance Allowance when you live in
another country that is part of the EEA, or in Switzerland, on our website www.gov.uk
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Special rules
We have special rules for people who are terminally ill. This means
people who have a progressive disease and are not expected to live
longer than another 6 months.
So that we can deal with your claim as quickly as possible, it is
important that you send a DS1500 report with your claim. The notes
below tell you how to get a DS1500 report.
If you don’t have the DS1500 report by the time you have filled in the
claim form, send us the claim form straight away. Please send the
DS1500 when you can.
Getting Attendance Allowance under the special rules means:
l getting the higher rate of Attendance Allowance
l getting paid straight away (this means you do not have to wait until you
have needed help for 6 months − but changes like those on page 10 of
these notes may still affect how much money you get), and
l we deal with your claim more quickly.
Claiming under the special rules for someone else
You can claim under the special rules for someone else. You do not
have to tell them you are claiming for them. Tell us about them on the
claim form. We will normally write to them about whether they can get
Attendance Allowance, but we will not tell them anything about the
special rules.
If you are filling in this form as part of your job, you do not need to tell
us your National Insurance number or date of birth at question 13.
How to claim under the special rules
Please fill in the claim form. Tick the box at question 19 of the claim
form to show you are claiming under the special rules.
If you do not tick this box, we cannot normally pay you under the
special rules.
How to get a DS1500 report
Ask your doctor or specialist for a DS1500 report.
This is a report about your medical condition. You won’t have to pay for
it. You can ask the doctor’s receptionist, a nurse or a social worker to
arrange this for you. You do not have to see the doctor. Most doctors’
practices provide DS1500 reports very quickly. Ask for the report in a
sealed envelope if you do not want anyone to see it.
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About your illnesses or disabilities and the
treatment or help you receive
Consent
We may need to contact your GP, or the people or organisations
involved with you, for information about your condition(s) or
treatment. This may include medical information.
This is so that we understand your current needs. You do not have to
agree to us contacting these people or organisations but if you do
not agree, we may not be able to check you can get the payments
you are claiming.
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The aids and adaptations you use
We want to know if you use any aids or adaptations to help you do
things. For example:
l a hoist, monkey pole or bed-raiser may help you get out of bed
l a commode, raised toilet seat or rails may help you with your toilet
needs
l bath rails, a shower seat or a hoist may help you bath or shower
l a long-handled shoehorn, button hook, zip pull or sock aid may help
you dress
l a stairlift, raised chair, wheelchair or rails may help you move about
indoors
l a walking stick, walking frame, crutches or artificial limbs may help
you get around
l special cutlery or a feeding cup may help you eat and drink, or
l a hearing aid, textphone, magnifier or braille terminal may help you
communicate.
Please tell us if you need help to use the aids or adaptations and, if you
do, what help you get from another person.
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45
Being in hospital, a care home or a similar place
By care home, we mean a home such as a residential care home, nursing
home, hospice or similar place.
We need to know if:
l you are in a hospital, a care home or similar place when you make your
claim, and
l the local authority or NHS pay anything towards the cost of your stay.
If you are awarded Attendance Allowance when you are in hospital, a care
home or a similar place, we cannot pay you until you come out. But if you
are a private patient or resident, paying for your stay without help from
public funds, we will be able to pay you.
We may still be able to pay you if you are claiming under the special rules
and you are in a hospice.
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How we pay you
If we pay you too much money
We have the right to take back any money we pay that you should not
have got. This may be because of the way the system works for
payments into an account.
For example, you may give us some information, which means you
should get less money. Sometimes we may not be able to change the
amount we have already paid you. This means we will have paid you
money that you should not have got. We will contact you before we
take back any money.
How the Department for Work and Pensions
collects and uses information
When we collect information about you we may use it for any of our purposes.
These include:
l social security benefits and allowances
l child maintenance
l employment and training
l investigating and prosecuting tax credits
offences
l private pensions policy and
l retirement planning
We may get information about you from other parties for any of our purposes
as the law allows to check the information you provide and improve our
services. We may give information about you to other organisations as the
law allows, for example to protect against crime.
To find out more about our purposes, how we use personal information for
those purposes and your information rights, including how to request a copy
of your information, please see www.gov.uk)
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Help and advice about other benefits
If you want general advice about any other benefits you may
be able to claim, you can:
l go online at www.gov.uk
l contact Jobcentre Plus. The number is in the phone book.
Look under Jobcentre Plus
l contact an advice service like Citizens Advice.
To find out about Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit
l Go online at www.gov.uk/child-tax-credit or
www.gov.uk/working-tax-credit
l Contact the Tax Credit Helpline:
Phone: 0345
300 3900
Textphone:0345 300 3909
l If you need a form or help in Welsh, phone 0300 200 1900.
To find out about State Pension
l Go online at www.gov.uk/new-state-pension
To find out about Pension Credit
l Go online at www.gov.uk/pension-credit
l Contact The Pension Service:
Phone: 0800 99 1234
Textphone:0800 169 0133.
Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Credit
If you are claiming Attendance Allowance and someone cares for you,
read the information sheet about Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Credit
we have sent with this claim pack.
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What happens next
Fill in the form and post it back to us.
Write the date you post your form to
/ /
us in this box.
Do not send this Notes booklet back with your claim form.
We can send you this leaflet in other formats, such as large print.
This leaflet is only a guide and does cover every circumstance. We have done
our best to make sure that the information is correct as of December 2018. It
is possible that some of the information may change over time.
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Attendance Allowance,
Carer’sAllowance and Carer’s Credit
Please read this then pass it to your carer if you have one.
This leaflet is in 2 parts:
l Part 1 – for you
l Part 2 – for your carer, if you have one. It gives information about
Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Credit.
Part 1 – for you
Your benefit could be affected if someone claims Carer’s Allowance
for looking after you.
If your claim for Attendance Allowance is successful, you may get an
extra amount for severe disability with an income-related benefit or
Pension Credit.
If someone is paid Carer’s Allowance for looking after you, you may
not be able to get this extra amount. Contact the office dealing with
your benefits for more information. Your Attendance Allowance will
not be affected.
Part 2 – for your carer
Carer’s Allowance
If you care for someone for 35 hours or more each week, you may also
get Carer’s Allowance. You can get Carer’s Allowance once we have
agreed the person you care for is awarded Attendance Allowance.
Youmust claim Carer’s Allowance within 3 months of the
AttendanceAllowance decision being made or you could lose benefit.
Carer’s Allowance and other benefits
Some benefits, allowances or pensions can change how much
Carer’sAllowance we can pay. This means that if you get another
benefit, wemay not pay Carer’s Allowance at all, or pay you less.
Butyou may still qualify for Carer’s Allowance even if we cannot pay it.
This means you may get an extra amount paid with income-based
Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support
Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or HousingBenefit.
How to claim Carer’s Allowance or find out more information
l Visit our website at www.gov.uk
l Write to DWP, Mail opening site A, Wolverhampton, WV98 1AA.
Carer’s Credit
If you cannot get Carer’s Allowance and look after one or more
disabled people for a total of 20 hours or more a week, you can apply
for Carer’s Credit. This is a National Insurance credit for working age
carers. It can help you qualify for the State Pension and
bereavementbenefits.
You do not need to apply for Carer’s Credit if you receive Child Benefit
for a child under age 12 or get Carer’s Allowance, as you will already
get National Insurance credits.
You can find out more about Carer’s Credit and how to apply:
l online at www.gov.uk
l phone:
0800 731 0297
l textphone: 0800 731 0317
We can send you this leaflet in other formats, such as large
print.
This leaflet is only a guide and does cover every circumstance. We
have done our best to make sure that the information is correct as
ofDecember 2018
. It is possible that some of the information may
change over time.
National Insurance number2
1
Please tell us your personal details. If you are filling in this form for someone else,
tell us about them, not you.
About you
3
The full address where you live
Sex
5
Date of birth (day/month/year)
4
What is your nationality?7
Surname or family name
All other names in full
Title
For example, Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms
Please see question 7 in
the
notes booklet
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Attendance Allowance
for people of State Pension age
or over
Letters Numbers Letter
Male Female
Postcode
i
Before you fill in this form, read page 3 of the notes
booklet that came with this form.
Mobile phone number,
if different
Daytime phone number
Please include the dialling code.
6
If you have speech or hearing difficulties and want us to contact you
by textphone, please tick this box.
Textphone number
Please fill in this claim form and send it back to us as soon
as you can. We can only consider paying benefit from the
day we receive it.
Please tell us when you went abroad.
Have you been abroad for more than 4 weeks at a time in the last 3 years?
Abroad means out of Great Britain.
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From
Tell us where you went.
Tell us why you went.
If you have been abroad more than once in the last 3 years, please tell us the dates you
went, where you went and why you went at question 50 Extra information.
To
Do you normally live in Great Brit
ain?
Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales.
8
About you continued
If you live in Wales and would like us to contact you in Welsh in future,
tick this box.
i
For more information please read page 7 of the notes.
Please continue below.Yes No Go to question 9.
Please continue below.Yes No Go to question 10.
2
Entitlement to other benefits from another European Economic Area (EEA) state
or Switzerland
10
Are you, your wife, husband or civil partner receiving any pensions or benefits from
another EEA state or Switzerland?
Go to question 11. We will contact you about this.
No Yes
We will contact you about this.
Don’t know
Entitlement to other benefits fr
om another EEA state or Switzerland
11
Are you, your wife, husband or civil partner working in or paying insurance to another EEA
state or Switzerland? By insurance we mean connected to work, like UK National Insurance.
Go to question 12. We will contact you about this.No Yes
We will contact you about this.
Don’t know
About you continued
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Signing the form for someone else
you’ve already been legally appointed to receive and deal with their benefits.
That is, you’re a benefit appointee, a deputy or hold a Power of Attorney, or
the person you’re claiming for is too ill or disabled to claim for themselves and
you want to be appointed to receive and deal with their benefits, or
you’re completing this form in their absence and/or without their knowledge.
You can fill in the form for someone else, but they must still sign themselves unless:
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Are you signing the form for someone else?
Continue below. Go to question 14.Yes No
Why are you signing the form for them? Please select one of the following.
I’m claiming for them under the special rules for terminally ill people.
You may wish to tell the person y
ou have claimed for that you have made
a claim to this benefit on their behalf. This is because we will send letters
about Attendance Allowance to them. There is no mention of terminal
illness or the special rules in our notifications.
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The special rules are for people who have a progressive disease and are not expected
to live longer than another 6 months.
If you are claiming under the special rules you do not need to answer
questions20to 44.
Then please send this form to us with a DS1500 report. You can get the report
from your doctor or specialist.
If you have not got your DS1500 report by the time you have filled in the claim
form, send the claim form straight away. If you wait, you could lose money.
Please send the DS1500 report when you can.
Please make sure you sign the consent question 18 and the declaration
question 51
.
Special rules
If you are claiming under the special rules, tick this box.
i
You must read page 8 of the notes about special rules before you
complete this question.
Signing the form for someone else continued
Your full address
Your name
National Insurance number
Date of birth (day/month/year)
Daytime phone number,
including the dialling code
Letters Numbers Letter
Postcode
4
I’m a Deputy
I’m a Tutor (under Scottish law)
I’m an appointee, appointed by the
Department for Work and Pensions
I hold power of attorney
I’m a curator bonis or judicial factor
(under Scottish law)
I’m a Corporate Acting Body or
Corporate Appointee
Please tell us the name
of your organisation.
For example, an organisation appointed to act on behalf of the person the benefit is for,
such as a local authority or firm of solicitors.
Unless we’ve already seen this authority we’ll need to see it before we can
process the claim. Please send us your power of attorney or the relevant
documents with this claim. You can send the original or a certified copy.
Tick this box if:
I want to be appointed to act on their behalf.
the person you’re claiming for is too ill or
disabled to claim for themselves and you
want to be appointed to handle their
benefit affairs, or
you’re in the process of becoming a legally
appointed representative.
We’ll contact you about this.
About your illnesses or disabilities and the treatment
or help you receive
If you need more space to tell us about your illnesses or disabilities, please continue at
question 50 Extra information.
Please list separately details of your illnesses or disabilities in the table below.
By illnesses or disabilities we mean physical, sight, hearing or speech difficulty or
mental-health problems.
If you have a spare up-to-date printed prescription list, please send it in with this
form. If you send in your prescription list you do not need to tell us about your
medicines and dosage in the table below, but we still need to know your illness or
disability.
You can find the dosage on the label on your medicine.
By treatments we mean things like physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational
therapy or visiting a day-care centre or a mental-health professional for counselling or
other treatments.
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Name of illness
or disability
How long have
you had this
illness or
disability?
What medicines or
treatments (or both) have
you been prescribed for this
illness or disability?
What is the dosage
and how often do
you take each of
the medicines or
receive treatment?
Example
Alzheimer’s
Two years Aricept 10 milligrams (mg)
One tablet a day
Example
Kidney failure
One year Dialysis Two times a week
Example
Partially sighted About 10 years None None
5
Apart from your GP, in the last 12 months have you seen anyone about your illnesses
or disabilities?
For example, a hospital doctor or consultant, district or specialist nurse, community
psychiatric nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, audiologist or social worker.
15
About your illnesses or disabilities and the treatment
or help you receive
continued
Please continue below.Yes No Go to question 16.
Postcode
Their name (Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms, Dr)
Their profession or specialist area
The full address where you
see them
For example, the address of
the health centre or hospital
Their phone number,
including the dialling code
Your hospital record number
You can find this on your
appointment card or letter.
Which of your illnesses or
disabilities do you see them
about?
How often do you usually see
them because of your
illnesses or disabilities?
When did you last see
them because of your
illnesses or disabilities?
If you have seen more than one professional, please tell us their contact details,
whatthey treat you for and when you last saw them at question 50 Extra information.
6
Their name
About your illnesses or disabilities and the treatment
or help you receive
continued
Does anyone else help you because of your illnesses or disabilities?
For example, a carer, support worker, nurse, friend, neighbour or family member.
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16
Their name
If you do not know your GP’s name,
please give the name of the
surgery or health centre.
Their relationship to you
How often do you see them?
If more than one person helps you, please tell us their name and how they help you at
question 50 Extra information.
About your GP
What help do you get
from them?
Their phone number,
including the dialling code
Please continue below.Yes No Go to question 17.
Their full address
Their full address
Their phone number,
including the dialling code
When did you last see
them because of your
illnesses or disabilities?
Postcode
The GP only gives details of medical fact, they don’t decide if you can get
Attendance Allowance.
Postcode
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About your illnesses or disabilities and the treatment or
help you receive
continued
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Consent
Please make sure you also sign and date the declaration at question 51.
Signature
Yes No
Date
We may want to contact your GP, or the people or organisations involved with you,
for information about your claim. This may include medical information. You do not
have to agree to us contacting these people or organisations, but if you don’t agree,
we may be unable to make sure you are entitled to the benefit you are claiming.
We, or any health care professional working for an organisation approved by the
Secretary of State, may ask any person or organisation to give them or us any
information, including medical information, which we need to deal with:
this claim for benefit, or
any appeal or other request to reconsider a decision about this claim.
Please tick one of the consent options then sign and date below.
I agree to you contacting the people or organisations described in the
statement above.
/ /
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For more information please read page 9 of the notes
19
Do you have any reports about your illnesses or disabilities?
These may be from a person who treats you, for example, an occupational therapist,
hospital doctor or counsellor. It may be an assessment report, a care plan or
something like this.
Do not worry if you do not have any reports. Just send in your claim form.
If you are claiming under the special rules, please go to question 45.
You do not have to answer any more questions until then.
you have one.
Yes
Please send us a copy if
No Go to question 20.
About your illnesses or disabilities and the treatment or
help you receive
continued
Have you had any tests for your illnesses or disabilities?
For example, a peak flow, a treadmill exercise, a hearing or sight test or something else.
21
Date and type of test Results
Example
December 2014 treadmill test
Four minutes (stage 2)
Are you on a waiting list for surgery?
The date you were put
on the waiting list
What surgery are you going to
have?
When is the surgery
planned for, if you
know this?
Example
13 December 2014
Operation to replace my right hip 1 December 2015
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Tell us about this in the
table below.
Yes No Go to question 21.
Tell us about these in
the table below.
Yes No Go to question 22.
9
What type of accommodation do you live in?22
For example, you may live in a house, bungalow, flat, supported housing,
residential care home, nursing home or somewhere else.
Aids and
adaptations
How does this help you? What difficulty do you have
using this aid or
adaptation?
Example
Magnifier Helps me to see the print in
the newspaper.
None
Example
Stairlift I can get up and down
stairs
I need help to get in and out
of the chair.
About your illnesses or disabilities and the treatment or
help you receive
continued
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If you need more space to tell us about your aids or adaptations, please continue at
question 50 Extra information.
Please list any aids or adaptations you use.
Put a tick in the second box against those that have been prescribed by a health care
professional, for example, an occupational therapist.
If you have difficulty using any aids or adaptations or you need help from another person
to use them, tell us in the table below.
23
24
Where is there a toilet in your home?
Upstairs Downstairs Other
Tell us where.
Where do you sleep in your home?
Upstairs Downstairs Other
Tell us where.
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For more information please read page 9 of the notes.
10
Your care needs during the day
During the day includes the evening. Care needs during the night are covered later.
By care needs we mean help or supervision, due to an illness or disability, with:
everyday tasks like getting in and out of bed, dressing, washing
taking part in certain hobbies, interests, social or religious activities, or
communication.
Help means physical help, guidance or encouragement from someone else so you can do the task.
Use the tick boxes to tell us about the difficulty you have or the help you usually need.
Usually means most of the time.
It is important that you tell us about the difficulty you have or the help you need, whether
you get the help or not.
Do you usually have difficulty or do you need help getting out of bed in the morning
or getting into bed at night?
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i
For more information about care and supervision see page 5 of the notes.
Please tick the boxes
that apply to you.
Yes No Go to question 28.
I have difficulty:
getting into bed
getting out of bed
I have difficulty concentrating or
motivating myself and need:
encouraging to get out of bed in
the morning
encouraging to go to bed at night
11
When your care needs started
Normally, you can only get Attendance Allowance if you have had difficulty or needed
help for 6 months.
Please tell us the date your care needs started.
If you cannot remember the exact date, tell us
roughly when this was.
Care needs
I need help:
getting into bed
getting out of bed
Help with your care needs during the day
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Help with your care needs during the day continued
Do you usually have difficulty or do you need help with your toilet needs?
This means things like getting to the toilet, or using the toilet, commode, bedpan or bottle.
It also means using or changing incontinence aids, or a catheter or cleaning yourself.
28
For example
If you need help to get to and use the toilet four times a day, you would fill in the
boxes as shown below.
I have difficulty:
with my toilet needs
How often each day?
4
Please continue below. No Go to question 29.
12
Yes
Please tell us what help you need and how often you need this help.
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the difficulty you have or the help
y
ou need getting in or out of bed?
For example, you may go back to bed during the day or stay in bed all day.
Tell us in the box below.Yes No Go to question 28.
How often each day?
How often each day?
I have difficulty:
with my toilet needs
with my incontinence needs
I have difficulty concentrating or
motivating myself and need:
encouraging with my toilet needs
encouraging with my incontinence needs
How often each day?I need help:
with my toilet needs
with my incontinence needs
Do you usually have difficulty or do you need help with washing, bathing, showering
or looking after your appearance?
This means things like getting into or out of the bath or shower, checking your
appearance or looking after your personal hygiene. Personal hygiene includes things like
cleaning your teeth, washing your hair, shaving or something like this.
29
Please tell us what help you need and how often you need this help.
Help with your care needs during the day continued
Please continue below. No Go to question 30.
washing and drying myself or looking
after my personal hygiene
using a shower
How often each day?I have difficulty:
looking after my appearance
getting in and out of the bath
13
Yes
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the difficulty you have or the help you
need with your toilet needs?
Tell us in the box below.
Yes No Go to question 29.
washing and drying myself or looking
after my personal hygiene
using a shower
How often each day?I need help:
looking aft
er m
y appear
ance
getting in and out of the bath
Do you usually have difficulty or do you need help with dressing or undressing? 30
Help with your care needs during the day (continued)
Please tell us what help you need and how often you need this help.
Please continue below.
No Go to question 31.
with choosing the appropriate clothes
How often each day?I have difficulty:
with putting on or fastening clothes
or footwear
with taking off clothes or footwear
14
Yes
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the difficulty you have or the
help you need washing, bathing, showering or looking after your appearance or
personal hygiene?
Tell us in the box below.
Yes No Go to question 30.
How often each day?
I have difficulty concentrating or
motivating myself and need:
encouraging to look after my appearance
encouraging or reminding about washing,
bathing, showering, drying or looking after
my personal hygiene
with choosing the appropriate clothes
How often each day?I need help:
with putting on or fastening clothes
or footwear
with taking off clothes or footwear
Help with your care needs during the day continued
Do you usually have difficulty or do you need help with moving around indoors?
By indoors we mean anywhere inside, not just the place where you live.
31
Please tick the boxes
that apply to you.
No Go to question 32.
getting in or out of a chair
transferring to and from a wheelchair
I have difficulty:
walking around indoors
going up or down stairs
15
Yes
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the difficulty you have or the help you
need dressing or undressing?
For example, you may get breathless, feel pain or it may take you a long time.
Tell us in the box below.Yes No Go to question 31.
How often each day?
I have difficulty concentrating or
motivating myself and need:
encouraging to get dressed or undressed
reminding to change my clothes
getting in or out of a chair
transferring to and from a wheelchair
I need help:
walking around indoors
going up or down stairs
32
What happens when you fall or stumble?
Tell us why you fall or stumble and if you hurt yourself.
Do you fall or stumble because of your illnesses or disabilities?
For example, you may fall or stumble because you have weak muscles, stiff joints or
your knee gives way, or you may have problems with your sight, or you may faint,
feel dizzy, blackout or have a fit.
Help with your care needs during the day continued
Please continue below.Fall
No Go to question 33.
16
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the difficulty you have or the help
you need with moving around indoors?
For example, you may hold on to furniture to get about or it may take you a long time.
I have difficulty concentrating or
motivating myself and need:
encouraging or reminding to move around indoors
Please continue below.
Stumble
Have you been referred to a Falls Clinic?
Yes No
Tell us in the box below.Yes No Go to question 32.
Help with your care needs during the day continued
Do you usually have difficulty or do you need help with cutting up food,
eating or drinking?
This means things like getting food or drink into your mouth or identifying
food on your plate.
33
Please continue below.Yes No Go to question 34.
How often each day?
I have difficulty concentrating or
motivating myself and need:
encouraging or reminding to eat or drink
How often each day?I have difficulty:
eating or drinking
with cutting up food on my plate
17
How often do you fall or stumble?
Tell us roughly how many times you have
fallen or stumbled in the last month or year.
When did you last fall or stumble?
If you don’t know the exact date, tell us
roughly when this was.
times last month
times last year
Do you need help to get up after a fall?
Tell us if you have difficulty getting up after a fall and the help you need from someone else.
Tell us in the box below.Yes No
How often each day?I need help:
eating or drinking
with cutting up food on my plate
Help with your care needs during the day continued
Do you usually have difficulty or do you need help with taking your medicines or
with your medical treatment?
This means things like injections, an inhaler, eye drops, physiotherapy, oxygen
therapy, speech therapy, monitoring treatment, coping with side effects, and help
from mental-health services. It includes handling medicine and understanding
which medicines to take, how much to take and when to take them.
34
Please tell us what help you need and how often you need this help.
Please continue below.Yes No Go to question 35.
How often each day?
I have difficulty concentrating or
motivating myself and need:
encouraging or reminding to take
my medication
How often each day?I have difficulty:
taking my medication
with my treatment or therapy
encouraging or reminding about my
treatment or therapy
18
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the difficulty you have or the
help you need with cutting up food, eating or drinking?
Tell us in the box below.
Yes No Go to question 34.
How often each day?I need help:
taking my medication
with my treatment or therapy
Help with your care needs during the day continued
Do you usually need help from another person to communicate with other people?
For example, you may have a mental-health problem, learning disability, sight, hearing
or speech difficulty and need help to communicate. Please answer as if using your
normal aids, such as glasses or a hearing aid.
35
concentrating or remembering things
I have difficulty:
understanding people I do not know well
being understood by people who do not
know me well
reading letters, filling in forms, replying
to mail
asking for help when I need it
answering or using the phone
Please tick the boxes
that apply to you.
Yes No Go to question 36.
19
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the difficulty you have or the help you
need taking your medication or with medical treatment?
Tell us in the box below.Yes No Go to question 35.
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the difficulty you have or the help you
need from another person to communicate with other people?
For example, you use BSL (British Sign Language).
Tell us about your
communication needs
in the box below.
Yes No Go to question 36.
Help with your care needs during the day continued
concentrating or remembering things
I need help:
understanding people I do not know well
being understood by people who do not
know me well
reading letters, filling in forms, replying
to mail
asking for help when I need it
answering or using the phone
36
days
How many days a week do you have difficulty or need
help with the care needs you have told us about on
questions 26 to 34?
20
Do you usually need help from another person to actively take part in hobbies,
interests, social or religious activities?
We need this information because we can take into account the help you need or would
need to take part in these activities, as well as the other help you need during the day.
Help with your care needs during the day continued
What you do or would
like to do.
What help do you need or would you
need from another person to do this?
How often do
you or would
you do this?
Example
Listening to music
I cannot see and need help to find the disc
I want and put the disc in the player.
Four or five
times a week
Tell us about the activities and the help you need from another person at home.
Tell us about the activities and the help you need from another person when you go out.
What you do or would
like to do.
What help do you need or would you
need from another person to do this?
How often do
you or would
you do this?
Example
Swimming
When I get to the swimming pool I need
help to get changed, to dry myself and to
get in and out of the pool.
Three times a
week for half an
hour each time.
37
If you need some more space to tell us about your hobbies, interests, social or
religious activities please continue at question 50 Extra information.
Please continue below.Yes No Go to question 38.
21
38
Do you usually need someone to keep an eye on you?
For example, you may have a mental-health problem, learning disability, sight, hearing
or speech difficulty and need supervision.
Help with your care needs during the day continued
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the supervision you need
from another person?
How many days a week do you need someone to keep
an eye on you?
39
I am at risk of neglecting myself.
I am at risk of harming myself.
Please tell us why you need supervision.
To prevent danger to myself or others.
I am not aware of common dangers.
To discourage antisocial or
aggressive behaviour.
I may have fits, dizzy spells or blackouts.
I may wander.
Please tick the boxes
that apply to you.
Yes No Go to question 40.
I may get confused.
I may hear voices or experience thoughts
that disrupt my thinking.
How long can you be safely left for
at a time?
Tell us in the box below.
Yes No Go to question 39.
days
22
Help with your care needs during the night
By night we mean when the household has closed down at the end of the day.
Do you usually have difficulty or need help during the night?
This means things like settling, getting into position to sleep, being propped up or getting
your bedclothes back on the bed if they fall off, getting to the toilet, using the toilet,
using a commode, bedpan or bottle, getting to and taking the tablets or medicines
prescribed for you and having any treatment or therapy.
40
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the difficulty you have or the help you
need during the night?
Please tell us what help you need, how often and
how long each time you need this help for.
Please continue below.
Yes No Go to question 42.
I have difficulty or need help:
turning over or changing position in bed
sleeping comfortably
How often
each night?
minutes
minutes
How long each time?
with my toilet needs
with my incontinence needs
minutes
minutes
taking my medication
with treatment or therapy
minutes
minutes
encouraging or reminding about my toilet
or incontinence needs
encouraging or reminding about
medication or medical treatment
minutes
minutes
I have difficulty concentrating or
motivating myself and need:
Tell us in the box below.
Yes No Go to question 41.
23
How often
each night?
How long each time?
1 2 3+
1 2 3+
Do you usually need someone to watch over you?
For example, you may have a mental-health problem, learning disability, sight, hearing or
speech difficulty and need another person to be awake to watch over you.
42
How many times a night does another person need to be
awake to watch over you?
minutes
Is there anything else you want to tell us about why you
need someone to watch over you?
Help with your care needs during the night continued
How many nights a week do you need someone to watch
over you?
43
Please tick the boxes
that apply to you.
Yes No Go to question 44.
How long on average does another person need to be awake
to watch over you at night?
I am at risk of harming myself.
I may wander.
Please tell us why you need watching over.
To prevent danger to myself or others.
I am not aware of common dangers.
I may get confused.
I may hear voices or experience thoughts
that disrupt my thinking.
To discourage antisocial or
aggressive behaviour.
Tell us in the box below.
Yes No Go to question 43.
nights
24
How many nights a week do you have difficulty or need
help with your care needs?
41
nights
Help with your care needs
Please tell us anything else you think we should know about the difficulty you have or
the help you need.
If you need some more space to tell us about the help you need or the difficulty you have
with your care needs, please continue at question 50 Extra information.
44
25
About time spent in hospital, a care home or
a similar place
45
Are you in hospital, a care home or similar place now?
For example, a residential care home, nursing home, hospice or similiar place.
Please tell us the full name and
address of the place where you
are staying.
If you are in hospital, why did
you go into hospital?
Postcode
Does a local authority, health authority, education authority or a
government department give you, or the place where you stay,
any money towards the costs of your stay?
Please tell us the full name and
address of the place where you
were staying.
If “Yes”, which authority or
government department
pays?
Have you come out of hospital, a care home or similar place in the past 6 weeks?
46
If you have been in hospital, why
did you go into hospital?
i
For more information please read page 10 of the notes.
Tell us when you went in.Yes No Go to question 46.
Yes No
T
ell us when you went in.
Yes No Go to question 47.
Go to question 46.
Tell us when you came out.
Postcode
26
Constant Attendance Allowance
47
Please tick the box if you are getting or waiting to hear about:
War Pension Constant Attendance Allowance
Constant Attendance Allowance
How we pay you
48
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Constant Attendance Allowance
i
Please read page 10 of the notes before you fill in this page.
Please tell us the account details below.
It’s very important you fill in all the boxes correctly, including the building
society roll or reference number, if you have one. If you tell us the wrong
account details your payment may be delayed or you may lose money.
27
Name of the account holder
Please write the name of the
account holder exactly as it is shown
on the chequebook or statement.
Full name of bank or
building society
Sort code
Please tell us all 6 numbers,
for example: 12-34-56.
Account number
Most account numbers are 8 numbers
long. If your account number has
fewer than 10 numbers, please fill in
the numbers from the left.
Building society roll or reference number
If you are using a building society account you may need to tell us a roll or reference
number. This may be made up of letters and numbers, and may be up to
18characters long. If you are not sure if the account has a roll or reference number,
ask the building society.
You may get other benefits and
entitlements we do not pay into
an account. If you want us to pay
them into the account above,
please tick this box.
How we pay you
If you do want this statement to be filled in, the best person to do it is the one who is
most involved with your treatment or care. This may be someone you have already told
us about on this form.
If you are signing this form on behalf of the disabled person, please get someone else to
fill in this section.
Your full name
Date
Tell us your job, profession or relationship to the person this form is about.
Please tell us what their illnesses and disabilities are,
and ho
w they are affected by them.
How often do you see the person this form is about?
49
Statement from someone who knows you
/ /
Please note, this statement does not have to be filled in.
Postcode
Daytime phone number,
where we can contact you or
leave a message
Your full address
Your signature
28
Please remember to sign and date the form after printing.
Continue on a separate piece of paper, if necessary. Remember to write your name and
National Insurance number at the top of each page.
Please tell us anything else you think we should know about your claim.
50
Extra information
29
Declaration
We cannot pay any benefit until you have signed the declaration, and returned the
form to us. Please return the signed form straight away.
By submitting this claim you agree that the information you've given is complete
and correct; while you're receiving Attendance Allowance, you'll report changes to
your circumstances straight away by calling 0800 731 0122. If you give wrong or
incomplete information, or you don’t report changes straightaway, you may:
be prosecuted
need to pay a financial penalty
have your Attendance Allowance reduced
or stopped
be paid too much Attendance Allowance
and have to pay the money back
If we pay you less than we should, we may
pay you the money that we owe you.
Date
Signature
Have you signed and dated the consent question 18 on this claim form?
51
Print your name here
/ /
i
For information about how we collect and use information and help and
advice about other benefits, see pages 10 and 11 of the notes.
30
Please remember to sign and date the form after printing.
i
For information about what happens next, see page 12 of the notes.
What happens next
Please list all the documents you are sending with this claim form below.
For example, a prescription list, a certificate of vision impairment, a medical report,
passport or a care plan.
Send the claim form and any reports, if you hold them, back to us in the envelope
we have sent you. It does not need a stamp. Send copies as we cannot return
them.
What to do now
31
52
Please check that you have filled in all the questions that apply to you or the person
you are claiming for. Failure to answer all the required questions may affect the time
taken to deal with your claim.
Make sure you have ticked the relevant box and
signed the consent at question 18.
Make sure that you ha
ve included full details for
anyone else you have seen at question 15.
Make sure you have signed the declaration at question 51.
Make sure that you have included full details of your GP at question 17.
Make sure that you have included full details for
anyone else who helps you at question 16.
Checklist
Make sure you have completed care needs start date at question 26.
Where to send the completed form
Please print off the completed form, sign and date the consent at question 18 and
declaration at question 51 then send the form and any supporting documents to:
Attendance Allowance Unit
Mail Handling Site A
Wolverhampton
WV98 2AD
Please return the completed claim form as soon as you can as we can only
consider paying benefit from the day we receive it.
For help or advice you can call the Attendance Allowance Service Centre
on 0800 731 0122.
Textphone: 0800 731 0317 for people who do not speak or hear clearly.
We cannot accept claim forms returned by email.
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Phone: 0800
169
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For help and advice on the information you need to put on the form or
about the benefit you want to claim, contact the office that deals with the
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