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What is Attendance Allowance?

22 July 2022

Local News

Written byLisa Cable

What is Attendance Allowance?

We are on a mission to support your loved ones in our local community. We want to help them age well and remain connected to what matters most to them. We aim to achieve this by sharing information to enable you and us to Be There for your loved ones as they age.

What is it?

Attendance allowance is available for people over state pension age who need someone to help look after them. So, for example, if someone needs help with personal care (washing, dressing or eating) due to an illness or disability.

What do you need to know?

There is a wide range of Home Care funding options. Attendance allowance is just one source of financial help available, which is not means tested. Attendance Allowance – apply now and get up to £92.40 per week towards Care Services for your loved one. Whenever we receive a care enquiry, whether over the phone or on a visit to the office, we always ask whether the person requiring care is claiming attendance allowance. Attendance Allowance is a benefit that people are often unaware of. Still, it is a form of support that the government provides for people who are over state pension age and need extra help to live independently at home.

Are you eligible?

Attendance Allowance isn’t assessed based on your financial position. It is available to anyone who is over state pension age and meets the eligibility criteria. Essentially, if your parent or loved one has required help or supervision to undertake day-to-day tasks over the last six months, they may be eligible. This could be anything from assistance maintaining the garden to help with cooking or getting ready in the morning. You cannot get Attendance Allowance if you already get Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Adult Disability Payment (ADP).

The level of support that someone could be entitled to depend on their current needs:

  • During the day OR night – £61.85per week*
  • BOTH the day and night – £92.40 per week*

How to Apply

You can apply directly, or if you need any support, you can contact the Peabody team in Havering, who can offer additional guidance and help to complete the application.

Peabody can be contacted on 01708 776770 or via email at [email protected] or go to a drop-in session at Harold Hill library on Tuesdays between 1 pm – 5 pm.

Be There Action: If you think you or your loved ones are eligible, then don’t delay in claiming this benefit, as this could help them pay towards receiving care in their own home to help them remain independent and age well.


Lisa Cable

Lisa Cable

Director & Owner

An experienced business manager, Lisa oversees the operations and direction of Radfield Home Care Havering and Romford.

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