What is the difference between attendance allowance and care allowance. Can both be claimed or just one or the other?
Attendance allowance is for people aged over 65 years who need help with personal care, such as washing, dressing or eating, due to an illness or disability. It isn't means tested and is available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria.
Carer's allowance is available to family carers who are looking after someone for more than 35 hours a week. To be eligible you need to earn less than £110 per week after tax, among other criteria.
So, yes, both of these allowances can be claimed if the circumstances are right. You can read more about the criteria and how to claim on Which? Elderly Care: attendance allowance and carer's allowance.