hi all first off sorry for the
longest post ever ...
i applied to pip in august this year and had my assessment last week . i have received my decision this morning i have failed to meet the criteria for both the daily living and the mobility components...4 points were awarded for each component( 8 in total )
i was quite upset at this decision and will be appealing/ asking them to re evaluate the decision as they have awarded me 4 points for daily living as they say i can get myself dressed unaided which i can not do this al all from the waist down. i told the assessor that my husband has to help me get dressed and undressed each day as i can not dress my lower half. they also said that i can bathe unaided which is also incorrect i told the assessor my husband has to help me do this . he has to physically hold my up and help wash my lower body . they said that i can take my medication,and eat regularly without being asked to do so or reminded .. i am always forgetting what medication ive had, i am asked daily if ive had food and told to eat .. . which i also told the assessor ...toilet needs i didn't score any points for this .. my husband has to physically help me to and from the toilet .. on my bad days i can not move through being to stiff and in too much pain he has to carry me to the bathroom which i also told the assessor. help with preparing a meal/supervision . if an when i do manage to get to the kitchen to make a meal my husband has to watch me incase i fall as this has happened several times .or if i burn myhand/ cutting myslef which has happened also on several occaisions . i was scored nothing for this even though it is awarded 4 points ..
for the mobility part i didnt score anything for the planning and following through on a journey ... i dont understand how i didnt get anything for this as i need help getting from one place to the other. aided by my husband or with crutches... i can probably plan a journey ere im going i as if i know where it is im going i know how to get there such as the doctors i know its on a certain street and i would have to get a taxi there , but i would need help getting into and out of the car and into the doctors office.. if however i dont know where im going i would get lost and start panicking . we we even got lost on the way to the assessment which i told the assessor ..so no i can not follow a journey to somewhere i dont bloody know. and i certainly can not follow through on a journey unaided !!!
i have had a look at the breakdown of components and how they are awarded .. i should have been awarded 9 points for the daily living at least .. which would make me entitled to lower rate . its a bit more difficult with the mobility one as i dont quite understand the whole planning anf following through on a journey .. how is a person who has physical impairments supposed to follow through on a journey unaided ??? i was awarded 4 points for being able to walk 50 meter but not more than 200 i have no idea how far 50 meteres is .. i can walk for about 2/3 minuets at a time at the moment then i have to sit down and then start again
i will be asking my GP.and physical therapist to both write me letters to address these findings... as well as my mental health nure when i finally get another appointment as apparently according to DWP i dont have any mental health issues .. i have been that bad over the past 6/7 months since my waste of space operation that i have had several thoughts of self harm to take this god awful pain away .... i dont get dreesed most days and will stay in the same clothes for 2/3 days . i have lost intrest in reading i dont read half as much as i used to do i have actually got books that i recieved for my birthday that i have not read.i hardly leave the house other than to go to appointments . i have been out twice since my operation and they were on the last 2 weeks. i cry for no reason. i cant think straight ,my mmoods will swing from happy to angry in a split second. i keep loosing weight little bits here and there , my anxiety is so bad that if my husband is even 2 minuets home from school. shop ect imm in a complete mess. im forever saying sorry to evryone for no reason other than i keep thinking im a burden and i should be able to do stuff on my own im angry with what has happened and how and why this has happened to me ??