Hello new here,
A few day's ago i had my first home assessment with the change over from my old DLA, i have anxiety problems and not able to go out socially with my agoraphobia and i also suffer from painful joints with my arthritis.
Anyway so my home assessment was done by a woman who i felt wasn't really there to see if i could cope with my difficult health issues, instead she was quite abrupt and over voiced her opinion over mine which was very annoying with each of her question? I had a friend with me noting down some of the assessors questions and the way she was trying to see if i was getting stressed with the questions being asked.
The next question was about getting around has i have agoraphobia it's obvious that i have difficulties going out or even using public transport, my mental health will not allow me to use public transport reliably. This is because there are specific features about public transport that will trigger my mental health symptoms causing severe distress anxiety, panic attacks, somatic symptoms . As a result I specifically avoid using public transport.
But again she over voiced her opinion that in my form i had said i can only travel in a car for emergencies only? this usually in my friends car.
I was under the impression that anybody who couldn't use public transport reliably as above should not be considered as being able to make an unfamiliar journey, this would mean they satisfied descriptor 11d and not just 11 b?
But what would this also mean if i could get to the doctors ok which was a familiar route and not far from my home, but again i would need the help from my friend to take me i found these descriptors very confusing?
Can anyone explain more about these descriptors, thank you