ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCEWhat is it? | Basic qualifying conditions | How much could I get and how am I paid? | How and when should I apply? | What else might I be able to claim?
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What is it?
Attendance Allowance (AA) is a benefit for customers aged 65 or over who are severely disabled (mentally or physically) requiring frequent care and attention from others with certain basic daily living needs or are terminally ill.
Basic qualifying conditions
To qualify for the lower rate of AA you must be aged 65 or over and have required for the last 6 months either -
by day frequent attention in connection with bodily functions or continual supervision to prevent substantial danger to yourself or others
by night prolonged or repeated attention in connection with bodily functions or someone awake to watch over you at frequent intervals or prolonged periods to prevent substantial danger to yourself or others.
To qualify for the higher rate of AA, you must need the help described above during the day and the night or be terminally ill with a life expectancy of 6 months or less.
You must also be ordinarily resident and present on the Island at the time of the claim and must have been ordinarily resident on the Island or the United Kingdom for at least 26 weeks in the 12 months immediately before the claim.
How much could I get and how am I paid?
Benefits Rates are available online.
How and when should I apply?
You should complete the AA claim pack and return it to Disability Benefits Unit, Ground Floor, Markwell House, Market Street, Douglas IM1 2RZ.
You should claim AA as soon as help is needed.
Special rules apply to those who are diagnosed as terminally ill. Claims under the Special Rules should be made immediately and it is not necessary to complete the second part of the claim form. A form completed by a doctor should be submitted to support the claim.
What else might I be able to claim?
Related benefits are:
To find out more about Attendance Allowance, please download the following documents -
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