PIP home assement

Hi I'm new to the site - I have been reading a lot of scary stories regarding pip - I'm having a home assessment next week and after reading some of the posts I'm very scared -

I suffer from mental health issues - I have a physiatrist a psychologist - and I have a community nurse who visits me twice weekly - I also suffer from fibromyalgia - spine degeneration and Ménière's disease -

I​ would like some infomation on what to expect - regarding questions and what examintion will take place

thank you for taking the time to read my post

regards fjh29

31 Replies

  • hi fjh29 i had my assessment at a centre and they asked me the same questions you answered in your form they just need to know what help you get and about your daily living i dont think it was that bad because you know what you wrote its just really going over the same things and you can add anything you think you have missed so dont worry its only someone asking you questions its not a medical take care xx

  • Thank you so much Dawn21 for replying to my post - I really appreciate it - I'm​ just very worried - yes your right - it's someone asking me questions.

    If you don't mind me asking - did you get PIP - I'm on DLA so mine is to see if I qualify for the ongoing payments and any changes there might have been - once again - thank you - I will let you know the outcome.

  • hi fjh29 last year i went for my assessmet and didnt get it went to a tribunal and still didnt thats ongoing to the upper tribunal still but wefare rights told me to put straight back in for it as a new claim while i waiting for the other went about ten weeks ago and i have 8 points and i get the daily living which i am really pleased about dont forget to tell them if your condition is any worse good luck xx

  • 8 points is low I thought.

  • i know dizzylynn it is but the first time i got nothing the thing that gets me is you have to really push to get it even though youre not well but then its ok if you work shocking really x

  • Just sending loving thoughts for you, with gentle hugs xx

  • Thank you so much xx

  • I am so genuinely sorry to read that you are feeling so scared and I would try to ensure that you are not alone on the day. I want to genuinely wish you all the best of luck with your assessment.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • Good morning, I'm overwhelmed by the comments I have received , your all so kind, I honestly wish I had posted before I got into this state of anxiety.

    It's hard to explain to friends the pain and suffering you go through, so a really big thank you.

  • Hi there

    I just wanted to wish you all the very best for your assessment next week. I know that there is nothing any of us can say that will take away your anxiety (I suffer with dreadful anxiety so I do know how you feel).

    However, try not to work yourself up too much. You'll just be asked some questions about your daily life. Things like can you wash and dress yourself, can you make a meal, how do you do your food shopping. That sort of thing.

    Remember to answer the questions as if it's your worst day.

    Come on to the forum anytime and chat to one of us. We all have Fibro amongst many other illnesses so we do understand.

    Take care of yourself.

    Hugs Lu xx

  • Thank you thank you, I can't believe what wonderful people you all are, I should have posted a long time ago and probably wouldn't be in such a state, I think what stopped me, I didn't want to come across as moaning, so thank you.

  • You're so welcome :) I do speak from experience and ended up attending a Tribunal for my ESA, although I appreciate you are asking about PIP here) so if you have any specific questions ask away. We are all here to support and help each other :) xx

  • good luck with this please let us know how it goes xx

  • Thank you and of course I will update, you have all been very kind, once again, thank you.

  • Please don't worry too much. I speak from experience, it is usually a nurse practitioner who visits. They are not coming to judge you or decide whether or not you get pip. Just be honest and tell them how you feel, they then send a report to the dip and they make the decision. Good Luck

  • Thank you so much, yes your right, but when you read the horror stories it makes me very scared and has sent my anxiety through the roof.

  • Hope all goes well for you, I have an assessment at capita centre and feel exactly the same, wish I'd asked for someone to visit, my daughters going to be with me but you just never know how your going to feel on the day

    all the best good luck xx

  • Thank you, yes they wanted me to go to the assessment centre but my community nurse phoned and asked for a home visit.

    I hope your medical goes well and all will be fine, take care and I will update after my assessment ,

    I'm so glad I found this site and posted, I don't feel as alone anymore . X

  • Hi there,

    I too receive high rate DLA and I'm waiting for my invitation to fill in forms etc for PIP and the waiting is the worst. Everyday I wait for the post, no brown envelope today 😔

    So at least you're in the system to be progressed I'm not, yet!

    My anxiety is at its all time high, like I've never been so anxious in my lifetime

    I just wish they would get round to me.

    Good luck, be honest as if it was your worst fibro day, then you have nothing to be concerned about.

    Lots of gentle hugs

    Lottie Lu xx

  • Thank you for your reply, I hope you feeling a little better today.

    Yes the waiting has a shocking affect on anxiety plus the pain from Fybro, I actually phoned and asked for PIP forms, my area is now being assessed I like you I was waiting for the "Brown Envelope " so I decided to apply, although I'm very worried at least it will soon be sorted, whatever the outcome .

    Isn't it sad we have to live our lives being scared of being ill and no one believing us, very sad, you take care , I will update next week after the dreaded assessment x

  • I got my sons in last week, worded if you don't call & apply for pip his money will Stop yet hes not due for a renewal till march. What if folk dont get this letter, goes missing easy.

  • I was so scared when I whent for mine all I say is make sure some one is with you and to you all good luck and hope you get it I did but standard on both but was happy with that x

  • Thank you so much - had my assessment today at home - she only stayed 20 minutes - said she was doing a paper review - she could see I was in a state of panic - so still no wiser - just have to wait and see - at least I've got that part over with - hope I don't have to start appealing - take care - and I​ will update x

  • What is standard, I don't expect to get anything above standard mobility, to get high rate you have to be blind or in a wheelchair 24/7.

  • They is only standard and enhanced now they is no low middle or high just the 2 you get it's probably like high and middle x

  • My dad got standard care and low rate mobility but cos he doesn't have anyone to do things he cant do he just Said he has to do it. Plus cares for my mum, day and night, told him to challenge it but I thought it was equivalent to low rate.

  • Hi - so sorry I've not been on here but I've been so poorly and anxious - well Atos came at 1 pm today and went at 1:20 pm - started the questionnaire but after 20 min - she said she didn't want to carry on the assessment - she could see I was genuine and they are now going to do a paper assessment - I honestly don't know if this is good news or bad - how long the wait again - is it ever over - but thank you for your support - I will be updating soon i hope

  • Good luck it was 2 weeks after when I found out let us know how you get on xx

  • When I got my form they said I couldn't get a home assessment. I had to calll for closer one tho but the 1st one was cancelled due to staff shortages, the next one was all they had but my huby couldn't come with me so took my son to open doors etc, he's autistic but needed help with doors. The lady offered to take my bag, I wouldmt let her tho I panic if I'm not holding it but I didn't say that just said no and held it close. Worried this goes against my claim. She also didn't even look at my print out of my daily issues and side effects, she didnt even ask about the sciatica or anxiety. Worried they been ignored and I get refused again.

  • Morning all, still no news on my PIP assessment, over 2 weeks now.

  • Morning all - hope someone can help - had my home assessment in October - phoned DWP 2 December - the lady said they had written to my home community nurses on 18 November - all reports are back and that she would chase up for me.

    Today I have received another appointment from ATOS asking me to attend a medical - I asked on what date did you receive info from DWP - 2 November - I asked why another - " because the ATOS Nurse had to abandon my consultation -

    I ​was having panic attacks but told me that she could see I was a genuine case - she said they would write to my psychiatrist - and I wouldn't have to go through this again - what is going on - I'm now so confused - - hope you kind people can help .....

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