Our city council have seen fit to only allow a blue badge if you are in receipt of the higher PIP. Anyone else has to go for an assessment. I have had mine for 3 years and it was due for renewal and as I have never applied for PIP I had an appointment yesterday to be assessed. I'm not complaining about being assessed as I fall within the criteria for needing a blue badge.
Reason for my post is that during my assessment I found out some very useful information that will help me. The assessment was undertaken by a physio who specialises in rehabilitation of people with spinal injuries. I thought that was so sensible. So unlike ATOS, but not the time or place to open that can of worms. I was given the phone number for social services. I just call them and explain my condition and they will send an occupational therapist round to assess my home and will make adjustments to suit my needs. Yes!!!! Help and support at long last. I nearly cried I was so relieved.
However, on reflection I now feel like a 90 year old. I'm only 56. I need a stick to walk now, a grab rail in my shower, a rail at my front steps, a step to get into the bath, etc etc. and those are just the physios suggestions. I knew my life had changed. It isn't easy coming to terms with changing from a bubbly outgoing person, always doing things to this more subdued uncertain nearly housebound old biddy. That's not the me I know. I hate the phone now, it stresses me out to phone is to order a takeaway, book an appointment etc. I try not to let it get me down but I know like everyone else who is on the site we can't put a smile on all the time.
Enough of the downer. (Note swift kick to the mental rear end). Hope you all manage some relief today 😺