Whether you have a paper version of the form, or a filling it online, make sure you also open the accompanying notes, which will assist you to fill in the form. If you can, print the notes off, as it’s useful to be able to refer to them as you go along. The forms are also available in larger print and braille for those who are vision impaired.
Speak to the relevant GP before completing the form and ask them to agree to speak to the Department of Work and Pensions about the application is they are contacted. This will prevent unnecessary hold ups later in the process.
Give as much detail as you can in the form and don’t worry about putting in too much. It’s important to provide as a full a picture as possible. Specifically,when thinking about the assistance you or your older relative might require, think about the worst days rather than the best days, so you don’t underestimate the care you might need. This should include:
Make sure that a relative fills in the section at the end of the form, which asks for someone else’s view on the situation, as this will help you to get a positive outcome. You can ask your GP to do this for you if you do not have a relevant friend or relative who can do it for you.
If you are helping an older relative to fill out the form, make sure the sign it personally, unless you have been granted Power of Attorney over them
The form must be posted, not emailed.