What does this mean?
This benefit is designed as a general disability benefit. Whilst some of the disabling diseases of older age, such as Alzheimer’s disease and motor neurone disease are covered separately, there are other conditions which can prove to be just as debilitating.
These could include conditions such as severe rheumatoid arthritis, which can prevent the sufferer from living without constant help and care. In some cases, it could just be extreme old age, which prevents the individuals from looking after themselves.