‘Assistance’, in relation to personal independence payment (PIP), has a legal definition that it is important to understand. The law states that “assistance” means:
physical intervention by another person and does not include speech;
So, encouraging, calming or reassuring someone would be unlikely to count as assistance, for example.
Assistance is relevant to a number of personal independence payment activities, including:
1. Preparing food
2. Taking nutrition.
3. Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition.
4. Washing and bathing.
5. Managing toilet needs or incontinence.
6. Dressing and undressing.
7. Communicating verbally.
10. Making budgeting decisions