Anyone can get private home care, but those who are affected by a long term illness or a disability might be entitled to benefits to help them pay for the care they need.
Who gets disability care?Anyone can get home care. There are many different types of care, and you can choose to hire a private carer for as much or as little time as you need to make your life better and safer. But if you have a disability you may be entitled to benefits that will help you to pay for the care you need.
Benefit calculatorsYou can find out how much you’re entitled to by using an independent benefits calculator: These will provide information about income-related benefits, tax credits, Council Tax reduction, carer’s allowance, universal credit, and how work will affect your claim. Before you start, you will need to gather accurate information about your:
- Income - from both parties if you live with a partner (payslips etc)
- Existing benefits and/or pensions
- Outgoings - rent, mortgage, childcare etc
- Council tax bill
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP)The DLA is being phased out in favour of PIP. PIP helps with the extra costs incurred by a long term health issue or disability. For those aged 16 - 64, PIP ranges from £22 to £141.10 per week. The amount you get is dependent on the level to which you’re affected by your condition, and this will be decided through an assessment.
How to get PIPYou can make a claim by calling the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). If you’re calling on behalf of another they will need to be with you when you make the call. You will need:
- Your contact details
- Your date of birth
- National Insurance Number
- Bank or building society account number/sort code
- The name of your doctor or health worker, including their address and telephone number
- Dates and details of any time spent in an overseas hospital or care home
You can make a PIP claim by calling 0800 917 2222, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
You will then:
- Fill out a form
- Return the form to the DWP
- Attend a meeting with an independent health professional to assess the level of help you need (or they can get the information from a social care worker)
- Answer questions about your ability to carry out activities and how your disability affects daily life