Attendance Allowance is a non-means tested non-taxable allowance for people aged 65 years or over who are physically or mentally disabled and need personal care. It is paid at two rates, a lower rate of £51.85 per week for people who need personal care by day or night and a higher rate of £77.45 per week for people who need care by both day and night. In Scotland, if you receive a personal care contribution, entitlement to Attendance Allowance ceases
Other State Benefits
You may be eligible for other benefits which, if claimed, would give you sufficient income to pay for some care. Contact the FirstStop Advice Line for further information, or use the Turn2Us website benefits checker.
Grants or subsidised loans for alterations and adaptations
Your local home improvement agency will be able to advise on what is available locally, and whether you qualify. They may also be able to help you arrange any works required.
Disabled facilities grants
Disabled Facilities Grants from local authorities help towards the cost of adapting your home so that you can continue living there. They are means tested. The maximum grant available is normally £30,000 in England and Northern Ireland and £36,000 in Wales. (If you live in Scotland, you should contact your local social services for information on any similar grants that may be available.)
In order to be eligible for a disabled facilities grant you must be disabled and the owner or tenant of the property, and you must certify that you intend to occupy the property as your only or main residence throughout the grant period (currently five years).
Warm Front Grants, Cold Weather and Winter Fuel Payments
Warm Front Grants are a Government funded scheme to make homes warmer and more energy efficient. The amounts payable are up to a maximum of £3,500, or, for oil-fired central heating, £6,000 per home. Warm Front Grants are available to householders of all ages who receive certain benefits. (Information needed on Cold Weather and Winter Fuel Payments)
Help from charities
Charities or Benevolent Societies often associated with particular companies, trades or professions, armed services, religious groups etc. Help people in financial need or with unmet care needs.
Visit the Turn2Us website for more information.