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Dad lives with Mum and both have care needs. Do they both have to apply for attendance Allowance? Dad currently gets it. Is it per household or per person?
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We were very thorough in answering the questions, we provided examples of what she couldn't do and why she needed help.
DWP rejected the claim with a load of .....well, basically ......nonsense.
For example, they said she could 'do things at her own speed'.
When someone is on life-critical medication and forgets to take that medication, 'own speed' is a load of tosh.
We appealed the decision, I did a 5 page letter detailing where we'd provided examples in the questions that they'd rejected and they approved the application.
It might be how you answer the questions, getting advice from Age UK or CAB is probably a good idea.
Is Adult Social Services involved with your Mum's care?
When my Dad was diagnosed with dementia, I phoned the county council and they assigned a worker to him, did a 'care budget' and we also had a visit from the local cottage hospital to assess what Dad needed at home.
They supplied grab rails and a stool for the bath.
Carer's Allowance - if the criteria is met and depending on the claimant's circumstances - could be claimed if the AA claims are successful.
Are you sure your Mum & Dad are getting all the benefits they are entitled to?
I am waiting for adult social care to do an assessment. Dad gets a partial carers allowance and attendance Allowance. The council will do a benefit check. If Mum gets attendance Allowance then she also gets a council tax reduction due to Alzheimer's.
That's where Age UK or CAB can provide valuable - and free - assistance.