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    • MUM40
    • By MUM40 3rd Aug 18, 11:27 AM
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    Mum is now Ill
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 11:27 AM
    Mum is now Ill 3rd Aug 18 at 11:27 AM
    Hoping that someone can give some advice.

    Mum recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the stomach, and at the moment we are waiting for consultant to confirm what the best treatment will be.

    Mum owns her own house.

    What would she be entitled to any benefits?
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    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 3rd Aug 18, 11:35 AM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 11:35 AM
    Hoping that someone can give some advice.

    Mum recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the stomach, and at the moment we are waiting for consultant to confirm what the best treatment will be.

    Mum owns her own house.

    What would she be entitled to any benefits?
    Originally posted by MUM40
    Sorry to hear that. Your question is a little vague though.

    How old is Mum? Does she work/will she be leaving work?

    Does she have a mortgage? Does she have savings?
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 3rd Aug 18, 11:35 AM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 11:35 AM
    Sorry to hear this.

    Have a read of this link which covers most of the benefits:

    https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/benefits-entitlements/living-with-terminal-illness/special-rules

    However, your best port of call are the MacMillan nurses who usually will be able to support your mum with her illness and any benefit entitlement.

    Claiming means tested benefits will depend on your mum's personal situation - does she live alone/does she have savings etc

    But as I said, speak to the MacMillan nurses.
    • GlasweJen
    • By GlasweJen 3rd Aug 18, 11:39 AM
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    I'm so sorry you're here and you've just received this news. This might be a hard read and difficult to process just now.

    It really depends on the prognosis. I'm sure the consultant has explained that stage 4 is really quite far on and you may be looking at palliative care rather than a cure at this stage. If this is the case you can ask your consultant to fill in form DS1500 which is a claim where the claimant is terminally ill with a reasonable prognosis of 6 months or less, you don't need to tell your mum about this form and there's an option for "claimant is unaware of prognosis". As you'd expect DS1500 passports you to high rate of daily living PIP with almost no questions asked and you'd be likely to get high rate mobility as well and be able to apply for a blue badge.

    If she's only just teetered into stage 4 and actually her prognosis is quite good she'd just apply as normal and would need to fill out the regular form and probably attend an interview with a healthcare professional (I'd ask for her consultant to write her a letter of support).
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    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 3rd Aug 18, 12:02 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 12:02 PM
    I second the advice to contact MacMillan

    You can ring them directly

    https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/organising/benefits-and-financial-support/benefits-and-your-rights/introduction-benefits-system.html

    Or check if your area has an adviser - checker is in the link
    Last edited by NeilCr; 03-08-2018 at 1:50 PM.
    • MUM40
    • By MUM40 3rd Aug 18, 12:59 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 12:59 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 12:59 PM
    Thanks all, information about the benefits is a great help.

    She is 80; owns her own house with no mortgage, and no savings.

    I!!!8217;ll have a read through all information and will seek help to determine what we can obtain.
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    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 3rd Aug 18, 1:07 PM
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    Thanks all, information about the benefits is a great help.

    She is 80; owns her own house with no mortgage, and no savings.

    I!!!8217;ll have a read through all information and will seek help to determine what we can obtain.
    Originally posted by MUM40
    Pension, possibly Pension Credit and Attendance Allowance (under the special rules for terminally sick claimants, it's very quick to claim).

    Get help filling in the forms - it's all bewildering when you're new to the system.
    • GlasweJen
    • By GlasweJen 3rd Aug 18, 1:13 PM
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    Yes, due to her age it will be attendance allowance instead of PIP. You can still use the fast track form if applicable and it can still be used without her knowledge if that's best for her.

    There's no mobility component to AA but any compassionate council will award a blue badge in the circumstances, a support letter from the oncology department will help with that.
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    • xylophone
    • By xylophone 3rd Aug 18, 1:29 PM
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    She has no savings - does this indicate pension/pensions below GPC level?

    https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/factsheets/fs48_pension_credit_fcs.pdf

    Does she receive any support with Council Tax?

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/attendance-allowance-claim-form
    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 3rd Aug 18, 1:33 PM
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    I'd third the advice to contact Macmillan.

    Also ask the nurses, they are often able to make a direct referral to the local Macmillan welfare caseworker.
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    • MUM40
    • By MUM40 3rd Aug 18, 2:21 PM
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    Thanks All, I have spoken to one of our coordinators and he is going to issue the DS1500, and refer us to the local Macmillan office.

    Mums diagnosis is not good, and will only be getting palliative radiotherapy care.
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    • MUM40
    • By MUM40 12th Sep 18, 7:49 PM
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    All, just a quick update.

    We now have all things in place for my mum
    Macmillan team in place
    District nurse in place
    Occupational health team been and provided mum with the things that she
    needs
    Attendance allowance paid to her account today, waiting on letter to confirm
    Carers form all completed and ready to go
    Blue badge applied for and received
    McMillan grant applied for

    Mums has her one round of radiotherapy last week, so just waiting for next consultation appointment

    Thanks for all your help, it’s very difficult to find out what you are entitled to, as its such a mine field.
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    • margaretx9
    • By margaretx9 14th Sep 18, 6:11 PM
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    All, just a quick update.

    We now have all things in place for my mum
    Macmillan team in place
    District nurse in place
    Occupational health team been and provided mum with the things that she
    needs
    Attendance allowance paid to her account today, waiting on letter to confirm
    Carers form all completed and ready to go
    Blue badge applied for and received
    McMillan grant applied for

    Mums has her one round of radiotherapy last week, so just waiting for next consultation appointment

    Thanks for all your help, itís very difficult to find out what you are entitled to, as its such a mine field.
    Originally posted by MUM40
    Good luck with things and sorry to hear about with Mum

    Have you checked on entitled to and other sites to see what other benefits she may be eligible for. If she gets attendance allowance she will have a higher threshold to qualify for means tested benefits like pension credit and CTS. It all helps - and the sooner you claim the more she gets and they can backdated it in some cases.
    • MUM40
    • By MUM40 14th Sep 18, 7:29 PM
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    Good luck with things and sorry to hear about with Mum

    Have you checked on entitled to and other sites to see what other benefits she may be eligible for. If she gets attendance allowance she will have a higher threshold to qualify for means tested benefits like pension credit and CTS. It all helps - and the sooner you claim the more she gets and they can backdated it in some cases.
    Originally posted by margaretx9
    Mum is not entitled to anything else, as she owns own own house an receives two private pensions. Thanks for your comments.
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    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 14th Sep 18, 9:18 PM
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    Mum is not entitled to anything else, as she owns own own house an receives two private pensions. Thanks for your comments.
    Originally posted by MUM40
    Attendance Allowance is based purely on need - it's not means tested.
    • calcotti
    • By calcotti 14th Sep 18, 9:38 PM
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    Attendance Allowance is based purely on need - it's not means tested.
    Originally posted by Mojisola
    O0 has said that AA has been claimed and is in payment.
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