My dad (83) was diagnosed with prostate cancer over a year ago, and by then the cancer was already in his bones. So far, he's been lucky in that the hormones he's being given have been slowing down the progress of the illness, but obviously, things can only get worse. .
My mum, who's a similar age, and not in the best of health herself, confided in me today about how worried she is about coping when he becomes less mobile. It seems that she mentioned this to her GP last week, and he mentioned a benefit that is available to cancer patients, to help with paying for care. My dad, it seems, is reluctant to even discuss the matter, so Mum has asked me if I could find out more about it for her.
I've been Googling it, and I presume the GP was referring to Attendance Allowance. If so, it seems that in order to get it, either you have to have needed help for at least six months - which doesn't apply to my dad yet - or be "terminally ill", meaning in government speak that someone is not expected to live more than six months (and in this case, the six-month need of care doesn't apply). Fortunately, my dad hasn't yet reached that stage either.
Can anyone give me any advice, please? For example, if / when my dad reaches the stage of needing care, should he apply for Attendance Allowance immediately, even though he won't get the benefit for another six months, or can he not even apply for the first six months? If he were to do the latter, how would he be expected to prove how long he had needed help?
Please, any advice at all would be really appreciated.
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