Some of you here in the UK may not be aware of the financial support available for those over 65 with a chronic ailment that requires support from other people. Check on the following website for the official information. The benefit is paid at two levels depending on the level of need, and is currently £54 or £81 per week, paid every 4 weeks.
You should take into consideration what support you have need for due to your condition and things you would previously have done for yourself. Your care provider can be your spouse or another person, living in or in daily attendance.
Support for such things as gardening, house cleaning, decorating, shopping, dressing, dog walking are all contributing to a decline in your quality of life. Even simple things like cutting up meat at mealtimes or helping with drinking from cups, which many PwP have to have. But many people are either unaware of the Attendance Allowance or think they are ineligible. Support from your GP is essential, anything you put in your claim must be ratified by him/her.
When making an application, note that the payments, if they are awarded, start from the date when you registered your interest. If you telephone the DWP to request an application form, the awarded payments are backdated to the date of that phone call, which can be a month or so.
Paying someone to clean the house, or do the ironing, or the gardening, can help ease the strain on your primary carer, most often your spouse. So, even if you are reluctant to claim, give a little thought to how much this will help them.