It is worth keeping a diary of your needs for at least a week before you fill in the allowance form. The diary can give you a good idea of your care needs - this is the help you need to complete personal tasks.
List things that you struggle to do unaided, even if you’ve developed ways to cope. If something takes you much longer than it would somebody without a disability, or you cannot do it safely, this can be taken into account. Say if you need reminding or encouraging to do things, as this also counts as help.
Remember to include any help you need during the night too. You should also write on the diary how many times you need help with tasks like getting out of chairs. If you get help to fill in the form from your nearest Citizens Advice, remember to take your diary with you.
Focus on how frequently you need help. To qualify for the lower rate of Attendance Allowance, you have to show you need help ‘frequently’ during the day or at night. For example, if you need help looking after your appearance, this could add up to six or seven times a day, if you include help to check your clothes are clean after a meal, help to find a coat and matching shoes, and so on.