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TOPIC: PIP Assessment at home - some feedback

PIP Assessment at home - some feedback 10 months 4 weeks ago #221251

Hi, I had my assessment yesterday and just wanted to share a couple of things.
Firstly, I didn’t request a home visit, and I’m not clear why I got one. I was told my visit would be between 12 and 2 - the assessor rocked up at 2.40.
The main thing I wanted to share with those about to have their assessment is how often the assessor tried to trip me up (pardon the pun) with regards to how far I can walk. On my form I stated I could walk 20-50m.
My husband mentioned he’d taken me to the supermarket. The assessor asked how far I’d walked inside the shop. I told her maybe 10-20 meters and explained that I hadn’t been in a supermarket for several months.
Much later, we were discussing my hospital appointments. She asked where we park the car when we attend my appointments. I told her my husband drops me at the front door and I wait for him to park the car. She then asked how far from the front door the clinic was. I said about 20-30 meters. I also explained that we’d had to attend a different dept a few weeks ago and my husband had to get a wheelchair for me as it was some distance from the front door. Maybe I’m being paranoid, but it just felt like she was constantly testing me to see if I was walking further than I stated I could walk in my form.
We’ve bought some aids to help me around the house. Every time I told her about one, she asked if we’d bought it ourselves. I told her each time that yes, we had. I feel I’m getting enough from the NHS, and wouldn’t dream of bothering them for a long handled sponge or a walking stick! I explained this to her.
Finally, and this really does sound paranoid, she asked to use our loo. I’m convinced it was to check whether we did actually have a grab rail beside the loo, and that the sink was positioned in a way that I could use it to get in and out of the bath, as I’d said in my form.
Not sure what the outcome will be, but I feel I gave a true reflection of how life is for me. She did ask if I had a blue badge. I said no and she told me I really should apply for one. I thought you had to be in receipt of higher rate mobility to qualify for a blue badge, so that comment threw me a bit.
She tested my eye sight, flexibility and grip while she was here. She also asked to see me walk with my stick.

Hope these observations are helpful to others.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Becca, Gordon

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