Attendance Allowance (AA) is a benefit for disabled people who are over state pension age who have care needs.
You do not have to receive help but you must show evidence that you:
have had care needs for at least 6 months before you can get AA
and expect to have care needs for at least 6 months after making the claim
Eligibility for Attendance Allowance
There are special rules for those who are terminally ill. A health professional can sign a form called a DS1500. This confirms the prognosis and AA may be automatically awarded for a 3-year period.
AA does not have a mobility component.
To claim AA, you must live in the UK and not in a care home or hospital. You can continue to get Attendance Allowance if you are fully self-funding in care. Usually your AA will not be affected if you:
are admitted into hospital or a care home for less than 4 weeks
go abroad for less than 13 weeks
go abroad for less than 26 weeks to get medical treatment for a condition which began before you left
If you receive AA, it may increase the amount of other benefits or credits you are entitled to, such as: