You can get a range of benefits if you're over State Pension age and you have an illness or disability. The extra money can help with the cost of your care.
Attendance allowance is for people over State Pension age who have a disability severe enough to need someone to help look after them. You must have needed help for at least 6 months (unless you are terminally ill).
You cannot usually get Attendance Allowance if you live in a care home and your care is paid for by your local authority.
There are 2 rates:
- a lower rate if you need help either in the day or at night
- a higher rate if you need help both day and night
It does not matter how much income or savings you have.
Find out about Attendance Allowance on GOV.UK, including how to claim.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is a weekly payment you can get if either:
- you're disabled because of an accident at work
- you have an illness that was caused by work or an employment training scheme
The amount you get depends on your circumstances.
You cannot get Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit if you were self-employed at the time of the accident.
Find out about Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit on GOV.UK, including how to claim.
Constant Attendance Allowance
Constant Attendance Allowance is a payment for people who are ill or disabled because of specific circumstances.
You can get Constant Attendance Allowance if you receive Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or a War Disablement Pension and you need daily care because of a disability.
How much you get depends on the extent of your disability and the amount of care you need.
If you get Constant Attendance Allowance, you cannot get Attendance Allowance as well. But you may be able to get a top up to Constant Attendance Allowance.
Find out about Constant Attendance Allowance on GOV.UK, including how to claim.
Other benefits for older people
You may also be eligible for these benefits:
If you get Attendance Allowance, you could get extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction.
You may also be entitled to:
Check what benefits you can get
If you get Attendance Allowance or another disability-related benefit and you have a carer, they may be able to get Carer's Allowance (on GOV.UK).
Get help and advice
Get benefits advice plus help filling in claim forms from:
How to challenge a benefit decision
You can challenge a benefit decision if:
- your benefit payment is stopped
- your claim for a benefit is refused
Find out about challenging a benefit decision on the Carers UK website.