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Living in a house with stairs can become a problem for older people. For many individuals it will mean moving from their own home into residential care or into a bungalow. This is a stressful and often expensive process, which can be avoided by installing a stairlift in the home. The cost of moving house or going into residential care is often far greater than the cost of a stairlift.

However, there are ways of making the purchase of a Stairlift much more affordable. One way is that you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance a tax free benefit for people over the age of 65 whose ability to keep safe or look after their own personal care is affected by physical or mental illness or disability.

Attendance Allowance has 2 weekly rates, and the rate you get depends on the help you need. You’ll get:

  • £55.10 if you need help in the day or at night
  • £82.30 if you need help both in the day and at night.

These rates apply from April 2015 to April 2016.

Claiming Attendance Allowance isn’t means tested it won’t reduce any other income you receive, and it’s tax-free. You can use it to pay for anything.  Attendance Allowance isn’t means-tested, so your income and savings aren’t taken into account.  And you don’t have to spend your Attendance Allowance on care – it’s up to you how you use it. Attendance Allowance can help you to stay independent in your own home.

As we get older, many of us need a little extra help to look after ourselves, especially if we have a long-term illness or disability. Attendance Allowance is there to help people just like you. So don’t delay in making a claim if you think you could be eligible.

Whether you would like to download the claim form or to complete it on-line, just click on the attached link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/attendance-allowance-claim-form

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