Applying for the Attendance Allowance

You can obtain an Application Pack for the Attendance Allowance in these ways:

- Call the Benefits Enquiry Line 0800 882 200.

- Apply online from the www.direct.gov.uk website.

- Download the pack from the same website.

- Ask for one at your local Department of Work and Pensions office.

- Request one from your local Citizens Advice Bureaux.

When completing the forms, take care to be accurate and supply full detail of your situation.

If you need help filling out the form, a DWP member of staff should be happy to do it on your behalf and send it to you to check and sign.

It's a good idea to provide as uch information as possible, especially in the sections relating to your condition.

List any conditions from which you suffer, not just the overriding one.

Provide details of your medication, along with the strength and dosage you use.

It can be beneficial to include the name of your hospital consultant if you have one.

It is important to supply information in every box on the forms that are relevant to you.

The adjudication officer will need to know how things are for you now. How you cope through a 24 hour period, are there times which are particularly problematic, etc?

Once more, it is important to describe your needs thoroughly. You stand more chance of success if the facts show that you require assistance on a daily basis.

Provide detail of the specific help you need and don't hesitate from repeating yourself on the form, even if it means describing embarrassing elements of your condition.

Provide detail of the specific help you need and don't hesitate from repeating yourself on the form.

Bear in mind too, that it is reasonable for you say that you need help for certain areas of your life, even if you currently do not receive any.

A carer would help you to do things which you may struggle to undertake alone.

Again, it is worth mentioning practical fears you may have about the dangers of continuing to undertake some of these taskes.

If falls are relevant to your condition, ensure that you describe how your friend of carer has helped you in the past.

It is of utmost importance to complete the form in great detail, so much so that the adjudication officer knows us much about your specific situation as possible.

Your claim will be dated from the date that you asked for the form.

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