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Care funding: How can you get Disability Living Allowance

Care services are available for anyone, no matter your financial income or your condition. If you are living with a disability and you are looking for funding methods to support your daily life and the care you need, you should know that you can benefit from Disability Living Allowance. In this article you will learn what is the eligibility criteria for Disability Living Allowance and how Guardian Carers can support your life.

What is the Disability Living Allowance?

Disability Living Allowance is a type of funding or benefit for disabled people. This funding is being paid monthly into the recipient’s bank account. This funding is not taxable. The Disability Living Allowance is made up of two components: the care component and the mobility component. In order to qualify for this funding you must be eligible for at least one component.

There are various rates for Disability Living Allowance which differ based on the two components. In terms of the care component, for the year 2020/21 the weekly rates are £89.15, £59.70 or the lower rate of £23.60. In terms of the mobility component, the higher rate is £62.25 and implies severe walking difficulties, while the lower rate is £23.60 and offers supervision outside.

You may receive the care component if you don’t have someone looking after you or you live alone. For the lowest rate you will receive help for part of the day with preparing meals. For the medium rate of the Disability Living Allowance you will get frequent or constant supervision during the day or constant supervision during the night. For the highest rate you can receive supervision during both the day and night. If you are terminally ill, you will also benefit from the highest rate and supervision as part of the funding.

Do you qualify for Disability Living Allowance?

As with any type of funding, you will first need to go through a type of assessment. The Disability Living Allowance is no different. There are certain eligibility criteria which you have to meet for either the care component or the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance. This will determine what sort of rate you will be able to receive.

You should note that the Disability Living Allowance is being discontinued by the government and being gradually replaced by the Personal Independence Payment. You may still be able to claim this funding if:

  • You are currently claiming Disability Living Allowance
  • You were born before April 8th 1948
  • You are claiming benefit for a disabled person under 16 years old

To be able to receive the care component of this funding you will need to prove that you need help with personal care, such as washing, toileting, dressing up, cooking for yourself or talking about your needs and requirements. You also need to show that you need supervision to avoid putting yourself or others at risk or in danger. If you are currently on dialysis you can also receive the care component.

The second part of this funding, the mobility component, also requires you to prove that you need the support if you cannot walk, you may only be able to walk short distances without severe discomfort or you may become very ill if you try to walk. Some other criteria for the mobility funding of the Disability Living Allowance is:

  • You have no feet or legs
  • You are assessed as 100% blind and at least 80% deaf which requires you have someone with you when you are outdoors
  • You are severely mentally impaired
  • You need supervision when you are outside
  • You are certified as severely sight impaired and you were aged between 3 and 64 on April 11th 2011

How can Guardian Carers support you?

Guardian Carers is here for you no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. We are helping people of all ages and backgrounds live comfortably and independently in their own homes. No matter if you suffer from a disability or condition which affects your mobility, our excellent carers can guide you and support you in your daily activities.

Our carers are highly trained individuals who have a wealth of experience. All of our carers have a minimum of 2 years of professional experience. Most of them have experience ranging between 5 to 8 years and a lot of them even over 15 years of experience in the care field.

Guardian Carers offer services tailored to your specific needs and requirements. No matter what funding you receive, we can suit your situation. If you simply need someone for a few hours every week to assist you on walks outdoors or with cooking meals, this can be arranged. If your condition is more severe and you require 24/7 care, this can also be supplied.

Our carers can support your life at home so that you feel as comfortable as possible. They can be there for simple companionship or more in-depth care. Our carers can help with any personal care needs, moving and handling or housekeeping and cooking. Of course, your care is tailor-made for you.

You can rest assured that when you get a Guardian Carer you will get to work with a professional carer. All our carers are expertly vetted. They go through interviews where their experience and qualifications are rigorously discussed. Their references are also verbally checked to ensure that they are authentic. We also ensure that they have a clean background by performing an enhanced DBS check, also known as a Police check.

With Guardian Carers you will be assigned a personal consultant who will be with you every step of the way, even after you have picked the carer that you want! If you would like to know more about your options and get more information about care services or funding for you, speak to one of our specialist consultants.

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