I currently receive DLA lower rate care which I won on appeal at the tribunal. I applied for an upgrade which has been refused, and I remain on the current rate.
I suffer from Lumber Spondylosis, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis in knee and shoulders, Plantar Fascilitis in right foot, Sleep Apnea, Bladder Incontinence and IBS. I have been tested for Angina as experience shortness of breath and tightness and pains in my chest and am waiting hospital appointment for suspected Meneires Disease, as I experience distorted noise in my left ear, dizzyness and nausea. My balance is seriously affected and I walk with a stick. I stumble numerous time throughout the day and have fallen a few times. Each time I get a bad bruise, from my stumbles or falls, my husband takes pictures so we can include these as supporting evidence.
I had a medical with OT and was recently awarded a Blue Badge.
I sent masses of supporting evidence including a letter from my doctor, the OT detailed report and letters from the hospitals. My doctor also gave me printouts from their system showing the dates I receive my latest injections in my shoulder and knee.
So! They detailed why they felt I did not qualify. Each response was absolutely unbelieveable. For example
Question33 - Do you need someone with you to guide or supervise you when walking outdoors in unfamiliar places?
I wrote: Due to the pain in my lower back and the problems I have with my balance where I stumble and fall I need someone with me to provide support and physical assistance if I do fall to support me and help me get up. I also expereince extreme tiredness, shortness of breadth and chest pains when walking just a few steps and would need someone with me when outdoors in an unfamiliar place as they would be able to help me find somewhere to rest and recover. I also suffer bladder incontinence and IBS and would need support and assistance in unfamiliar places, in finding suitable public toilets, and help me to clean and change myself should an accident occur.
Using suitable aids, although your walking is limited, you are not unable or virtually unable to walk.
Although you prefer someone with you, you don't need them to guide or supervise you when walking outside in places you dont know well. You need comfort and reassurance.
This means you are not entitled to either rate of mobility.
As far as I can see, I have clearly stated I need physical assistance, yet they say I need comfort and reassurance.
All their responses clearly ignore what I stated.
I have spoken to them on the phone, and asked for a reassesment and went over every single point and why I felt their decisions were wrong. I have also also asked for a written version of what they typed up.
I will wait to see what happens now.