Backdating carers allowance

I never thought I was entitled to carers allowance because my father did not have any of the qualifying conditions. Then I came across some paperwork of his that showed he has been paid Attendance Allowance for a number of years. So I go to the Carers Allowance website and it said you can claim back 3 months, but also seemed to suggest you might be able to claim back further.

So, does anyone know what the truth is about this? Is 3 months a hard limit or can you claim back further? Looks like I might have missed out on years of benefits.

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