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Going Abroad - Medical information - Part Two

Attendance Allowance

If your stay abroad is temporary, for example, a holiday, you can usually continue getting Attendance Allowance (AA) for 26 weeks.

You may be able to continue getting AA for longer if you are going abroad for medical treatment for your illness or disability. Your stay must still be temporary.

Going abroad permanently

If you are going abroad permanently you may be able to carry on getting AA if you move to a country in the European Economic Area or to Switzerland.

Incapacity Benefit

You must tell your local Jobcentre Plus office or jobcentre if you are going abroad. If your stay abroad is temporary, you can receive Incapacity Benefit for the first 26 weeks of your stay if, on the day of departure, you have been continuously incapable of work for at least six months; or if your incapacity has lasted less than six months but your absence from Great Britain is for the specific purpose of seeking treatment for an illness or disability that began before you left.

You may be able to receive Incapacity Benefit abroad for more than 26 weeks if your stay abroad is temporary and you get Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance. For more information, contact your local Jobcentre Plus office or jobcentre.

Going abroad permanently

You may be able to get a benefit for incapacity if you move to a country that has a reciprocal agreement with the UK. For more information, contact your local Jobcentre Plus office or jobcentre.


Carer's Allowance

If you take a temporary break from caring for someone, for example a holiday, you may continue to receive Carer's Allowance (CA). A total of 4 weeks break can be taken in any 26 week period for holidays. CA may also continue throughout periods when you or the disabled person being cared for go into hospital.

You must tell the Carer's Allowance Unit if you take a break from caring due to a holiday or another reason, such as going into hospital, or if the person you are caring for goes on holiday or into hospital.

You may be able to get CA for longer if you are going abroad only to help the person you care for, and the person can still be paid Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance. Your stay must still be temporary.

Going abroad permanently
If you are going abroad permanently you may be able to carry on getting CA if you move to a country in the European Economic Area or to Switzerland.


Equipment, adaptations and services while on holiday

You, or the person you care for, may be used to equipment and/or adaptations at home. It's important to check that your hotel - or other accommodation - supports your needs.

What may be available

When booking accommodation direct, or through an organisation or travel agency, check what's on offer.

Some places are able to support people with different needs. For example, some hotels have rooms adapted specifically for people who are blind or visually impaired. Here are some examples of the types of adaptations and services that may be available:

* Wheel-in showers
* Raised toilet seats
* Manual and electric bath hoists
* Manual and electric bed hoists
* Alarm systems in rooms
* Vibrating alarms

Depending on your needs, check what help staff can provide. For example, can they assist wheelchair users, or are they trained to use sign language?


Planning to go away

With any trip or holiday - home or abroad - it's a good idea to do some planning for the travel part of your trip. If you're a disabled person, there may be a few extra things to think about before you leave home.

Communicating your needs

Make sure you explain your particular requirements It's important to remember that countries differ and not all services and facilities will be available or accessible to you. If you need a particular service or facility, check that it's available before booking your trip.

Often an impairment is not obvious to other people, so make sure you explain your particular requirements clearly. Don't assume that staff at travel agents, travel offices or airports will automatically know or understand your needs. This is particularly important when booking by phone, post or over the internet.

Finding out information
In the UK, information produced by travel agents, tour operators, airports and airlines should be clear and simple to use. They should also take reasonable steps to make sure that their information services are accessible to disabled people, for example that information is available in accessible formats, such as Braille, large print or on audiotape.

 
 
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