Understanding Attendance Allowance: A Deep Dive into Eligibility, Claims, and Its Impact on Care Home Living

Adam Hutchison

Attendance Allowance can be a vital lifeline for older adults who need help with personal care due to a physical or mental disability. However, many people are unaware of how this benefit applies in a care home setting. This comprehensive guide will dissect the eligibility criteria for Attendance Allowance, detail the process of making a claim, and illustrate how Belmont Healthcare can provide support throughout this journey.

In this article:

Attendance Allowance: A Brief Overview

Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit for those aged 65 and over who require assistance due to a physical or mental disability. It's designed to help cover additional costs that people with disabilities may have, offering a degree of financial freedom to recipients.

Understanding Eligibility for Attendance Allowance in a Care Home

To claim Attendance Allowance while living in a care home, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Self-funding: This allowance is generally available to individuals who are fully or partially self-funding their care home fees.
  2. Care needs: The person must need frequent help with personal care or supervision to avoid putting themselves or others at risk.
  3. Duration: The care needs should have been present for at least six months unless the individual is terminally ill.

However, it's crucial to remember that Attendance Allowance usually stops after 28 days if the care home fees are paid in full by the local authority or an NHS body.

Making a Claim: Attendance Allowance in a Care Home

Claiming Attendance Allowance involves filling out an Attendance Allowance claim form (AA1A). This form requests detailed information about the individual's physical and mental health, their daily routine, and the healthcare providers they use.

When completing the form, it's essential to provide thorough and accurate information. Be specific about the care needs and include details about any professional health and social care services involved in their care.

The Impact of Attendance Allowance on Care Home Living

Receiving Attendance Allowance can significantly improve the quality of life for those residing in care homes. The extra funds can be used to cover additional care needs, enhance comfort, or facilitate activities and services that promote wellbeing and social interaction.

How Belmont Healthcare Can Help

Navigating the intricacies of care funding and benefits can be daunting. The experienced team at Belmont Healthcare can provide guidance and support in understanding Attendance Allowance eligibility and the claim process. We are committed to ensuring our residents and their families are well-informed and supported in their funding journeys.

We're Here to Assist You

Our team is always ready to provide you with the assistance you need, you can call us on

Request a Callback

I have read and accept the Privacy Policy. I permit Belmont Healthcare to contact the phone number provided within this submission to discuss any matters that are related to this enquiry.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.