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.
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.
Help with personal tasks does not mean help with things like housework or gardening or other tasks around the home. Personal tasks means things like:
1. getting in or out of bed.
2. having a bath or shower.
3. getting dressed.
4. being reminded or encouraged to eat or drink.
Do not forget to describe any accidents or falls you have had. Then explain the effects of all your disabilities and health conditions, and how they interact with each other.