There are many benefits and ways in which you can be helped as a carer looking after someone with Parkinson’s. Listed below are some of these and information on where to go for further information.
Attendance Allowance is available if you’re State Pension age and you have an illness or disability which means you need help with your personal care or safety.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a relatively new benefit for people between the ages of 16 and State Pension age who have a long-term illness or disability. PIP has 2 parts: a daily-living component if you need help with everyday activities, and a mobility component if you have difficulty getting around.
Disability Living Allowance has been replaced for people aged between 16 and 64 by PIP for new claims. If you’re aged 65 or over, then depending on your age and situation, you might continue to get Disability Living Allowance, or you may need to claim PIP or Attendance Allowance instead.
Carer’s Credit is intended to protect the State Pension rights of carers who are not able to pay National Insurance contributions and are not entitled to Carer’s Allowance.
For further information on benefits and financial support you can also contact:
The Department for Work and Pensions, or the Social Security Agency in Northern Ireland, your local authority welfare rights office, Citizens Advice and Disability Rights UK.