Just looking to see if anyone has any experience of any of the below? I feel so lost in it all.
I have a home assessment for pip on thursday. I am terrified at the prospect. I didn't even realise it was what I had applied for, when I rang up for advice being fairly new to all the sickness benefits etc I got asked a lot of questions then told I was being sent out a form on how it all effects me, which I sent back then I got called and told my drs and consultants reports meant I qualified for a home assessment instead of going to the centre. So I'm a bit over whelmed by it all but grateful because having been off work sick most of last year and being declared medically unfit to do my role (English teacher) by occupational health so lost my job which has obviously impacted quite badly upon my family. It's I just don't know what to expect? I read that only 37% of claims get accepted. So I'm thinking i probably won't qualify but I'm scared as to what that will mean for my family. I've had so many problems with my asthma and being in and out of hospital my husband has had to have to quite a lot of time of his job and is currently having to work part time to help me with the children and some days to actually look after me as I'm finding it difficult to just walk up and down stairs etc some days. I feel so bad that I am completely impacting on so many people's lives around me, and that I am having to take all these benefits but I have no choice at the moment.
I am on contribution based ESA currently but I didn't have an assessment for that. I'm also waiting for family tax credits to make a decision. They originally assessed us on our income from last year which seemed crazy as we aren't on that wage anymore, hence why we were advised to apply. This has been going on for a few months which I understand these things take time but I don't know how much longer we can keep waiting.
I'm seeing new specialists this month so I am hoping they can get my asthma back to some level of control so I can get back to work even just part time for now would make me so happy, and being mum, i hate my poor husband having to do so much for me as well. he doesn't mind, he's very good about it, I am very lucky in that respect but being its not easy to accept. I feel like at 30 this shouldn't be how I live. But then it would suck at any age I imagine.
Sorry this all a bit of a release of everything once I started typing but if anyone has any advice or tips of experience on any of this at all I will be so grateful to hear it. Nobody around me has ever dealt with it at all. My husband has being speaking with the princess trust who support carers but other than that we are kind of just ambling through unsure of everything