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Vibration Plate an aid? 1 month 1 week ago #260716

Hi all,

Today I shelled out for a vibration plate as s last resort buy hoping this may help with the arthritic pain in my lower limbs.

I suppose the answer is no nut I might as well ask; could this be classed as an aid?

It was only I'd got it home that this question occurred to me.

Thanks,

Phrank.

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Vibration Plate an aid? 1 month 1 week ago #260728

Hi Phrank
An aid is something that replaces or improves function. So a walking stick improves balance, adapted cutlery makes cutting food easier etc etc.
You can improvise. So for example a bathroom shelf could serve as a grab rail. A garden chair could be a shower seat.
I'm not sure what loss of function you would be assisting or improving. (But there could be one!)
Possibly if you needed help to use it and you could get your GP or a physio etc to say it would help, then you might argue that it could comprise therapy fit which you need assistance under 3(i)b. Otherwise I don't think you will score points. However if the device eases pain snd helps you then its worth is much greater than any amount of PIP points!
Good luck with it.
LL26

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Vibration Plate an aid? 1 month 1 week ago #260729

Hi LL26,

Thanks for your reply

Just as I thought. I wasn't expecting to or tryng to score points it is, hopefully, going to help with my arthtritis and improve mobility.

Anyway we'll see if it helps if not my arthritis won't be any better but it will help with fitness.

Regards,

Phrank.

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Vibration Plate an aid? 1 month 1 week ago #260738

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Hi LL26

I use an electric raising seat. It sits on top of say a lounge living room chair, and when i press it, it tilts me up out of the chair so i can get off and stand without causing more unnecessary pain.

And the same with sitting, i press the hand held button and it lowers me onto the chair.

Its basically a bit like a reclining /tilting 2 motor chair, but hell of a lot cheaper.

Is it worth mentioning this for my coming PIP review?

As I think it maybe helpful with Activity 12 moving around, as it aids me to get up to stand before i can move around. right?

Regards.

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Vibration Plate an aid? 1 month 1 week ago #260751

Hello Mrfibrospondodysthmatic,

What you are talking about certainly falls into the category of an 'aid'. The next question is do you need to use that aid when completing any of the PIP tasks. You are obviously the best person to answer that one, but my first thoughts is that getting to a standing position is a factor in the final activity 'moving around'. There is at least one descriptor which requires you to be able to do the actions unaided.

I think the other activities are probably a bit more of a stretch, but for things like using the toilet - if you need that aid to get up from a chair, do you also need an aid to get up off the toilet?

Hope this helps your thinking,
Catherine
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