A Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit provided by most countries and governments for disabled children or adults to aid them with additional expenses caused by their physical incapability. If someone in the family has a physical or mental disability and these individuals require help in doing basic functions, you can make them a claim for DLA. Here’s a comprehensive guide.
1. Finding a Claim Form
Most DLA forms are available from most local benefit offices in your area. You can ask local charity groups and local government units to find the local benefit offices. Remember that you only have 6 weeks to return the form from the date you requested the form. For the United Kingdom, The Guardian has a unique and easier way to make a DLA application that serves as your form for application.
2. Filing the Claim Form
The DLA claim form might be quite intimidating, but it is really quite simple. First, be sure to know why you are filling in the form. You can ask the help of other people who have requested a form. Also, since you have 6 weeks to return the form, you can keep a diary of the problems and the care you provide for the individual and indicate these in the form. Be sure that you have a backup copy of the form as well.
3. The Mobility Component
Most DLA claim forms have this item. Ask yourself or the person you are applying for the following questions:
-Distance the person can walk before they are in extreme discomfort, need rest, reasons for stopping.
-How long they need to rest before continuing
-How they feel while walking
-How long it takes to cover the distance
-What aids they use in walking
4. Care Component
The DLA form’s care component asks you about details regarding how external aid from another person can make things easier for you or the person you’re applying for perform basic tasks, such as getting out of bed, showering, eating, what they feel when they wake up or during a specific time of the day, if they find trouble clothing themselves and other details.