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Can I get any financial allowance for help with housework?
Hi, I'm new here, I'm 66 and have had fibromyalgia for approx. 35 years and back problems for about 40 years. In recent years the fibro. has required pain medication every day and, after severe back-pain spasms last year and now constant pain, a consultant has diagnosed degenerative lumbar spondylosis. I'm determined to keep doing as much as I can, with the help of relevant medication and physio exercises but the housework in our farmhouse just finishes me off, especially before/when visitors come! I can't afford to pay a regular cleaner because my pension is basic, and I contribute a small amount to the weekly household bills, although I manage to save a little bit to get a friend to help occasionally. My husband is semi-retired, but still has the farm to run, and cannot afford to give me anything because he pays most of the major bills.
Compared to many others, I know I'm very lucky, but unfortunately can only see activities getting more difficult. Do you think there's any hope of me getting a small addition to my pension, or any benefit to help me out, please?