Benefits for Older People
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the benefits that can be claimed by older people.
By the end of the course participants will:
Understand how the benefits system is structured and the eligibility rules for the benefits claimed by older people;
Have gained an awareness of the principles behind means testing and how Pension Credit is worked out;
Be able to help people make successful claims for disability benefits such as Attendance Allowance;
Understand which benefits can/cannot be paid at the same time including how Carer’s Allowance overlaps with the State Pension;
Be able to complete basic benefit checks to ensure older people are claiming their likely entitlements;
Be able to advise people on how to make claims and how to challenge decisions;
Have access to advice regarding any course-related question for 12 months after the course.
Methods of delivery
The course will be delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, group work and exercises, case studies and games.
This course is important for any staff who work with people over or approaching State Pension age.