For Families and Carers : Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is the main disability benefit for people over the age of 65.

If you become sick or disabled before you are 65, you can apply for Disability Living Allowance (if you are under 16) or Personal Independence Payment (if you are aged 16-64).

If you become sick or disabled after you are 65, you can apply for Attendance Allowance. If you are already receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independent Payment (PIP), you continue to receive it after you are 65, but once you are past 65, you can no longer make a new claim for PIP.

The rules for getting Attendance Allowance are very similar to those for Disability Living Allowance.

Once you are past your 65th birthday, you cannot apply for any help with getting around. Attendance Allowance has no equivalent to the mobility component of DLA or PIP. But if you are already receiving either the lower or higher rate of the mobility component of DLA or PIP when you turn 65, you keep that benefit.

For details, go to Attendance Allowance on GOV.UK, or look at Disability Rights UK’s Attendance Allowance factsheet.