I just don't know whether I should apply for PIP or not. I really don't want to claim anything that I'm not entitled to, and don't want to exaggerate my problems, but at the same time I wonder if I should? I work for myself, doing transcription work, and look after my elderly mum (my own children are in their twenties now), but I certainly wouldn't apply for an employed full or part time position, because I wouldn't want to encounter stairs or stagger around an office! I have actually looked at positions recently, and applied, but then come to my senses and withdrawn the applications. At least, working for myself I can take work on or not, as the case may be. But obviously doing this, I feel it might be difficult to get benefits. I understand the PIP isn't related to income, so wonder if I could apply for this, so that on those days when I don't take work on, I have a bit of a boost with the PIP, does that make sense? I don't walk with a stick at the moment, but having said that, rely on my 83 year old mum linking my arm (!!) when we go out, and I cannot cope with stairs without handrails, and am beginning to find that 'there's lots going on' when I'm driving, so maybe that will be the next thing to go. Sorry, this is a bit rambling, but basically my question is, do you think I should be applying for a PIP. I don't want to feel a fraud, but feel it MIGHT be beneficial to have some extra help.
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