Completing the form was horrendous

 Completing the form was horrendous and made me so depressed and anxious my go referred me for counselling for it in Jan 2018. I’m still going through this now. Fortunately I always get a copy from specialists of all treatment and diagnosis after my appointments. My GP is very supportive as are the hospital specialists. My PIP assessment was done at home.

The appointment was at 9.30 But assessor arrived at 8.45 without warning. My carer was still showering me. I was exhausted and wasn’t asked to do anything physical.

My award was the higher for both care and mobility. However scoring from assessor was inconsistent. eg:-Washing and dressing award was 12 points. Preparing and cooking a meal was 0 points.

I cannot stand at all I’m constantly in a wheelchair so I cannot cook, boil water etc regularly or safely. My award is for 10 yrs given my age 69 and with progressive illness affecting my memory I’m already concerned if or how I can go through this again.

My advice to anyone would be to get copies of your medical letter or ask for copies to be sent to you. Include these with your form, and any letters or statements you can get to send with your form. They do not always request these from specialists from hospitals or GPs. Request them yourself as soon as you get your letter to contact DWP to apply for PIP

Dustydi

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