If you're over the state pension age and have health problems, you could get Attendance Allowance (AA) to help you with living costs.
If you need help living independently, Attendance Allowance can help you with the extra costs. You can get AA to help you live at home even if you're very disabled.
Attendance Allowance is paid at two different rates depending on the level of care that you need because of your disability.
You could get AA if you:
- need help with personal care, for example washing, bathing or getting dressed
- have problems seeing or hearing
- need help with communicating
- need someone to keep an eye on you in case of falls, seizures or dizzy spells
- have mental health problems
These needs can be during the day or at night or both.
You could still get AA even if you:
- don't have care or a carer
- have savings
- have earnings or a pension
- haven't paid National Insurance contributions
Want to claim or find out more?
We can help you with your claim, get in touch, or ask for a benefit check using our online form.
What you can spend AA on
You don't need to spend AA on care services. You could use it to pay for:
- a taxi to take you to appointments or to do shopping
- someone to do your shopping including delivery costs
- a cleaner
- extra heating
- a dog walker
- a gardener
- an internet connection
If you already get DLA or PIP
If you were over 65 on 8 April 2013 and get Disability Living Allowance then you'll continue to receive it. You don't need to claim Attendance Allowance.
If you have been getting DLA since before 8 April 2013 and have since reached 65, you'll be invited to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP). It is important to respond to this invite as you payments may stop.
If you start to get PIP before reaching state pension age then you will continue to receive PIP after this age. You will not need to claim AA.