Attendance Allowance (AA) is awarded to applicants who are aged 65 or over when they apply, who need supervision and/or help with personal care because of their illness or disability.
Help must have been needed for at least six months, but there is no qualifying period for a person who is terminally ill.
There are 2 benefit rates:
- Higher rate for care/supervision needs both day and night
- Lower rate for care/supervision needs during the day or night
Further information on Attendance Allowance is available from the Department for Work and Pensions website.