More than 50% of applications for care allowance are rejected due to errors on the application form. This can cost thousands each year which could be used to increase energy bills.

Attendance allowance provides financial assistance to people over the legal retirement age who need help.

Not receiving attendance allowance could mean missing out on £4,660 a year or £388 a month.

It is paid to physically or mentally disabled pensioners to help them pay for a carer.

Applicants do not need to receive care or supervision to apply for the benefit.

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All they have to do is prove that they need this help. Applicants who do not have carers should especially note the difficulties they encounter on a daily basis in completing the form.

Attendance allowance provides two separate weekly payment rates depending on the level of assistance or supervision required.

The lowest rate is £57.30 per week. This is for those who need frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night.

The highest rate of £85.60. It is for those who need help or supervision day or night, or who are terminally ill.

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Attendance allowance is not means-tested and can be paid regardless of a person’s income, savings or national insurance contributions. If someone has already been refused, they can always reapply.

Age UK has shared some questions applicants should consider when completing the form to ensure that no aspect of their illness or disability is overlooked.

Hygiene
• Does he need help getting in and out of the bath or shower and adjusting the controls?
• Does he need help shaving, washing or drying his hair or putting on lotion?
• Do they need help adjusting their clothes after using the toilet?
• Do they need help going to the toilet at night or changing their clothes and bedding if there is an accident during the night?
• Does he need help getting dressed or undressed?
• Can they recognize when their clothes are inside out or if they are dressed inappropriately?

Processing
• Does he need help identifying his pills, reading and understanding his doctor’s instructions, and taking his medication?
• Do they have difficulty managing a condition such as diabetes and can they recognize when their condition is deteriorating?
• Can they perform the tasks necessary to manage their condition, such as adjusting their hearing aids?

Daily tasks
• Do they need help eating and drinking?
• Do they need help to understand, be understood or hear people?
• Does he need help answering the phone or managing his correspondence?
• Does he need help climbing stairs?
• Can they move safely from room to room?
• Does he need help getting up from a chair or getting into and out of bed?