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Care funding: How to get Personal Independence Payment

Are you hoping to get care support in your home but you think you may not be able to afford the costs of care? There are a myriad of solutions for you. The Personal Independence Payment, which comes to replace the Disability Living Allowance, can help you receive the support you need if you have a long-term illness or a disability. Read on to learn who qualifies for this funding, what is the eligibility criteria and how Guardian Carers can support you at home.

What is the Personal Independence Payment?

The Personal Independence Payment is a type of funding for people who are suffering from a long-term illness or a disability. This type of funding is similar to the Disability Living Allowance. But the Disability Living Allowance is ending for people between the ages of 16 and 64. If you are already receiving this type of funding you may still continue to if you are under 16 years old or you were born on or before April 8th 1948. Unless your circumstances change, you should simply wait for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to contact you about the Personal Independence Payment.

The amount of funding you will receive from the Personal Independence Payment depends on how your condition affects you. In order to establish if you are eligible for funding you will first go through an assessment, as with any other type of funding. A professional will assess you to establish the level of help you need to get. The funding varies between £23.60 and £151.40 per week. You should note that your situation will be reviewed regularly to see if your needs changed and you need more or less support.

The Personal Independence Payment is a type of funding aimed at helping you live your life more independently. It’s aimed at people who need assistance with their daily activities or their mobility due to a long-term illness or disability.

If you are thinking about funding methods and which may be the best one for you and your needs, you may want to consider the Personal Independence Payment. This funding method, no matter the amount you will be entitled to receive, will be a great benefit to you.

Are you eligible for Personal Independence Payment?

But how can you find out if you are eligible for the Personal Independence Payment? There are a couple of points you need to tick off, as with any other funding methods, in order to qualify. If you are under or over 16, State Pension age, and need help with daily activities or getting around or both.

You should know that you can keep receiving the funding even if you have started getting it before you reached the State Pension age. Moreover, if you are within work, you can still make a claim for this Personal Independence payment.

This type of funding is not based on your National Insurance Contributions. It is not means-tested either, so the amount of contributions you make or how many savings or assets you have will not influence the amount of funding you will receive. But, if you have reached your state pension age and you have care needs you can opt for Attendance Allowance instead.

It’s not difficult to make a Personal Independence Payment claim. All you need to do is call the Department for Work and Pensions. They will ask for some information and then send you the form. After you receive your funding form, you need to fill it in. A healthcare professional will assess your funding claim and may even invite you for a face to face assessment. After the assessment you will be given a score. This score will determine how much funding you will receive.

How can Guardian Carers support you?

If you need additional support and assistance at home, either with daily activities or getting around, Guardian Carers can help you get what you need, no matter if you are a recipient of funding or not. Our highly trained carers can visit you at home for as little or as much as you need. They can live-in your home or just come in every day or any time you may need them to. Carers can be hired on a part-time or full-time basis, either temporarily or long-term.

All your needs can be accommodated. A carer can help with your household tasks such as dusting, mopping, doing the laundry and help with meal preparation. But their main responsibility is looking after your health and wellbeing. They can be tasked with your personal care, they may prompt medication or assist with your mobility. A carer is a great companion too, able to be there for your and relieve the stress or anxiety, for instance.

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.

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 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.

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