Keeping a diary

Recording the problems that you have every day in a diary can help you show how your disability or illness affects you, or that you have problems looking after yourself. This may help you complete a claim form for benefits that support people with a disability or illness. You can also send it as supporting evidence along with your claim form. Other evidence could include reports or care plans from your GP, doctor, nurse or other health professionals.

If you cannot do an activity, such as washing or getting dressed, think about the following things:

  • Do you need help to do a task, and what help do you need?
  • How long does the activity or task take?
  • Does it cause you pain or discomfort?

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Attendance Allowance

You may be eligible for Attendance Allowance if you are aged 65 or over and have difficulty looking after yourself.

Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment has replaced Disability Living Allowance in England, Scotland and Wales for people aged 16–64 with a long-term disability.