Attendance allowance five minute physical health test

Could you be eligible for AA?

Try our five minute test to help you decide if you should make a claim.

  1. Are you aged 65 or over? If yes, go on to question 2. If no, you cannot claim attendance allowance. However, you may be eligible for disability living allowance (DLA) instead.
  2. Has your health condition lasted at least six months? If yes, go on to Supervision, below. If no, you can still make a claim, but payment can only begin from the date when your condition has lasted six months. Go on to Supervision, below.

    Supervision

    This is someone keeping an eye on you to prevent you, or someone else, from being in danger. This might be because you have falls, fits or angina attacks, for example. For the purposes of AA, the night is the time 'when the household closes down'. If you live alone it starts when you normally go to bed.

  3. Do you need someone to keep an eye on you throughout the day?
    If yes, you needn't answer any more questions, it's definitely worth downloading the AA guide and completing a claim pack. If no, go on to question 4.
  4. Do you need someone awake to keep an eye on you at night, for at least 20 minutes or at least two or three times? If yes, you needn't answer any more questions, it's definitely worth downloading the AA guide and completing a claim pack. If no, go on to Attention, below.

    Attention

    Attention is about someone helping you with 'bodily functions'. It doesn't matter whether you already get this help or not and it doesn't even matter if you wouldn't take it if it was offered. The question is, would it be reasonable for you to have it, bearing in mind the way your condition affects you?
  5. Do you have difficulties with any of the activities below? (If some days you do and some days you don't, the answer is yes)
    • Moving about indoors
    • Taking medication
    • Eating and drinking
    • Staying safe if you're alone
    • Communicating with people
    • Getting out of bed in the morning
    • Getting into bed at night
    • Sleeping
    • Getting to and using the toilet
    • Washing, having a bath or a shower
    • Looking after your appearance
    • Getting dressed and undressed
    • Social and leisure activities

      The sort of difficulties you might have with these activities include things like:

      • you can only do it slowly
      • it hurts
      • you need to take a long rest after doing it
      • you can only do it using a special technique of your own
      • you need someone with you when you do it just, in case things go wrong
      • it's not safe for you to do it
      • you can't do it at all

      For example:

      • you might have problems getting to and using the toilet because of arthritis;
      • you might have problems getting dressed and undressed because of emphysema which makes you breathless and fatigued;
      • because of breathlessness and dizziness caused by angina, you may have difficulty moving about indoors, perhaps including such things as using stairs and getting in and out of chairs

      If you said yes for any of the activities, go on to question 6. If you didn't say yes to any it doesn't mean you are definitely not eligible for AA, you should try to get advice from one of the agencies listed in the Getting help section.

  6. If you got help during the day, would it need to be frequently throughout the day - in the morning, in the middle of the day and in the late afternoon/evening?

    If yes, you needn't answer any more questions, it's definitely worth downloading the AA guide and completing a claim pack. If no, go on to question 7.

  7. If you got help during the night, would you need it for at least twenty minutes or at least twice a night?

If yes, it's definitely worth downloading the AA guide and completing a claim pack. If no, it doesn't mean you are definitely not eligible for AA, you should try to get advice from one of the agencies listed in the Getting help section.

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