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Attendance Allowance: Empowering Our Older Generation

27 June 2024

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Written byKaren Knapp

Attendance Allowance: Empowering Our Older Generation

As we grow older, maintaining independence and a good quality of life is paramount. At Radfield Home Care Epsom & Leatherhead, we understand the importance of empowering our older generation to live their best lives. One of the key benefits available to support this independence is the Attendance Allowance, a vital resource for many of our clients.

What is Attendance Allowance?

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people over State Pension age who need help with personal care or supervision due to illness or disability. It’s not means-tested, so your income and savings won’t affect the amount you receive. This allowance can be a lifeline, providing financial support to help cover the extra costs that keep you living your life, how you want to for longer.

How Can Attendance Allowance Be Used?

The flexibility of the Attendance Allowance means it can be used in various ways to enhance your quality of life. Here are some examples:

Professional Care Services:

Many opt to use the allowance to hire professional care services like those offered by Radfield Home Care Epsom & Leatherhead. This can include regular companionship visits, helping with medication management, assisting with having a shower or providing respite care for family members.

Social Activities:

Staying socially active is crucial for mental health and well-being. The allowance can fund trips out for coffee or visits to local community centres, helping to combat loneliness and keep spirits high.

Home Adaptations:

Some clients use the funds to make essential home adaptations, such as installing grab rails or a stairlift, which make it easier and safer to move around their home.

Domestic Help:

Hiring someone to assist with household chores like cleaning, cooking, or gardening can relieve stress and help maintain a tidy, comfortable living environment.

How do our clients use their attendance allowance?

One client uses her Attendance Allowance to enjoy a weekly outing for coffee with one of our Care Professionals. This simple activity not only brings her joy but also ensures she remains connected to her community. Another client uses the allowance for an extra visit each week, where we assist him with bathing and dressing, ensuring he feels fresh and confident.

How can I apply for attendance allowance?

Applying for Attendance Allowance is straightforward, but it requires a detailed application about how your condition affects your daily life. You can find the application form on the GOV.UK website.


Attendance Allowance is more than just a financial benefit; it’s a tool that can significantly enhance the quality of life for older adults. At Radfield Home Care Epsom & Leatherhead, we’re passionate about helping our clients make the most of this allowance, ensuring they receive the best care and support tailored to their needs. Whether it’s an extra shower, a trip out, or domestic tasks, we’re here to help you live your best life.

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If you would like to find out more about Radfield Home Care and the home care support services offered, you can visit www.radfieldhomecare.co.uk or [email protected] or 01372 502 193


Karen Knapp

Karen Knapp

Director & Owner

Karen’s natural affinity for care and nurturing relationships makes her perfect for the home care sector, where she can help the local community age well and remain connected to what matters most.

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