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.
Allowance form is awarded based on your needs, not just on your medical condition. Many applications are turned down because people do not mention or are not clear about how their illness or disability affects their lives. Do not underestimate your needs when filling in the form.
You can ask a friend, relative or carer if you wouldd rather they help you with the form. If you are terminally ill you will only need to answer some of the questions. Read more about claiming Attendance Allowance if you are terminally ill.
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.