Individuals could get £55.65 or £83.10 a week to help with personal care if they’re physically or mentally disabled and aged 65 or over. This is called Attendance Allowance. It’s paid at 2 different rates and how much the person get depends on the level of care that they need because of their disability.
Other benefits can increase if someone gets Attendance Allowance.
More information: https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance
Help with claiming benefits: Age UK offer an Information and Advice service
Information and Advice Service – Derby
15 The Morledge,
Telephone: 01332 343 232 (confidential answer-machine in busy periods/out of hours)
Hours: Monday – Friday 10am-3pm
Information and Advice Service – Derbyshire
29A Market Place
Telephone: 01773 768 240 (confidential answer-machine in busy periods/out of hours)
Fax: 01773 766 924
Carers could get £62.10 a week if they care for someone at least 35 hours a week and that person gets certain benefits. The carer does not have to be related to, or live with, the person they care for but the carer won’t be paid extra if they care for more than one person.
More information: https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance
The Blue Badge scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers.
The scheme also applies to registered blind people and people with very severe upper limb disabilities who regularly drive a vehicle, but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand.
It allows badge holders to park close to their destination, but the national concessions apply only to on-street parking.
More information: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social_health/blue_badge_scheme/default.asp
Apply direct: https://bluebadge.direct.gov.uk/directgovapply.html
Council Tax rebates & discounts
If only one adult lives in a property, they will get a 25 per cent discount on the council tax bill. When working out how many people live in a property, some people are not counted. These are called disregarded people.
You are disregarded if you are:
- ‘severely mentally impaired’
- a long-term hospital patient or care home resident
- living in a hostel which provides care or treatment because of your old age, physical or mental disability
- a live-in care worker.
or consult Citizens Advice Bureau for advice.
Telephone Advice Line [open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm] 0300 456 8390 [calls to this number are charged at the same rate as 01 and 02 numbers]
Get help by calling the telephone assessment line on either 01283 210109 or 01332 228700 [open Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm.]
Paying for care
If someone needs care and support in their own home, the community or in a residential or nursing home they can approach the Council for help towards paying for their care. All use government guidance to assess care needs (Care Act Assessment) that would be eligible for the Council to support.
If assessed needs are eligible for support a financial assessment is carried out to work out what the person can afford to pay.
- If someone has savings of £23,250.00 or more the Council will not contribute to the cost of their care and support services. Individuals can go direct to a provider of their choice and organise these services.
- If savings are below £23,250.00 a Financial Declaration form needs to be completed, giving full details of your income, savings and any other assets you own. This information is used to calculate how much the person will be required to contribute towards the cost of the care and support they are assessed as needing.
Derbyshire County Council residents or contact Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.
Derby City residents
Derby City Council residents or contact Derby Direct on 01332 640777
Visit Derby Choice, an independent network of accredited support providers delivering social care support and activities that promote well being to Derby citizens.
There are a large number of organisations that will provide free, general advice about the funding of care and support. These are a good place to start if you are looking for information and want to see what sort of options are available to you:
- The Money Advice Service, tel: 0300 500 5000
- Age UK, tel: 0800 169 6565
- Citizens Advice
- Paying for Care
- NHS Choices
Continuing Health Care funding
NHS Continuing Health Care (NHS CHC) means a package of on-going care to meet assessed needs of an individual aged 18 or over that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness. The care is arranged and funded solely by the NHS where professional assessments have found that the individual has a ‘primary health need’.
You can also access advice and information on NHS Choices.