Most people who need care towards the end of their lives qualify for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA), if under the age of 65, or Attendance Allowance (AA), if over the age of 65.
As part of the welfare reforms, PIP has gradually been replacing DLA in England, Scotland and Wales since April 2013. If you live in Northern Ireland, you’ll need to check with your benefits adviser or social worker whether you should claim DLA or PIP.
These benefits aren’t means-tested. Anyone who isn’t expected to live longer than six months because of an illness can apply for PIP/DLA or AA under special rules. Under these rules, the claim will be given priority and will be dealt with more quickly. You’ll also receive the benefit at the highest rate. People who are claiming under this special rule need to ask their doctor to complete a form.
Your district nurse, specialist nurse or social worker can tell you more about these benefits and whether you can apply for them. You can also get more information by visiting the Department for Work and Pensions website. If you live in Northern Ireland, you should contact your nearest Social Security Agency Office for advice on benefits.