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Attendance Allowance - Can I get Attendance Allowance?

Find out more about Attendance Allowance.

Can I get Attendance Allowance?

To get Attendance Allowance, you must usually have had care needs for at least six months.

You must not be living in a council care home or in hospital.

You must be living in the UK when you make a claim for Attendance Allowance and the UK must be where you normally live. Also you must usually have lived in the UK for six months in the last year.

There are special rules for some people who are living in, or have returned from a European Economic Area country. The rules are complicated, so if this applies to you, we recommend that you seek advice from a benefits expert. You can use the Turn2us Find an Adviser tool to find a local one.

Rules for people who have a terminal illness

If your doctors say that you are terminally ill and reasonably expected to die within six months, there are special rules to help you get the highest rate of Attendance Allowance straight away. You do not have to have had care needs for six months before you claim. You also do not have to have been living in the UK for six months in the last year.

You will need to ask your doctor/healthcare professional for a form called a DS 1500 and fill in the special rules section of the Attendance Allowance claim form.

Another person, such as your partner, relative or friend can apply for Attendance Allowance on your behalf without your knowledge under the special rules. However, even if someone else makes the claim for you, the money will be paid to you.

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