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Help with advice on PIP assessment

Ardea
Ardea

I need help and advice. I am having my PIP assessment on Friday. I have Fibro, Rheumatoid and oesto arthritis and recovering from thyroid cancer. I have no idea what to expect or what they are looking for. I also have a bad back and have nerve ablation nearly every year I am so scared

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Hi it is ok in general the assessment just not the results that's all do try get relaxed a bit for friday so yiu can get the right words and answers over too them .try have someone with you if you can . nearly everyone gets an assessment first time .they will go over your forms and ask you some questions to confirm things and and anything they are not sure about or discrepancies etc .the thing is you do not know wot they are going to ask just try be ready for it .your mobility how far you can walk etc upto 20 metres or 50 metres or 200 metres .and your care and help if you get any also any aids you have or use try remember that specially with your rheumatoid etc .no sure if you have a home visit or not if not do take rests at assessment centre and take your time to go to room etc or home visit take your time not to hurt your back etc that's about it really hope it works out ok .p.s you have done your forms for future and to remind you about the pip and how it works you could read this a good few times this week just to help and remind you for any questions they ask google pip form completion and appeals disabled view uk

Ardea
Ardea
in reply to Ajay575

Thank you - I am taking my husband with me for moral support. I is hard as for most days all affects me - I have odd days that I feel a bit better but I have more bad days than good. I will try and answer as honestly as I can. Do they try trick questions? Do they ask to perform certain tasks?

Ajay575
Ajay575
in reply to Ardea

sometimes they ask for the odd exercise stretch to see if pain or restrictions some assessors see your in pain and do not ask .trick questions I never heard or seen it although the odd time they may ask the same question at the end they do moniter you though from entering building to leaving and watch you and clothing etc as with rheumatoidit can be a problem hence wear loose clothing less buttons etc .if they ask about a question and you get help for that and also have an aid mention both so you get the points for at least one of them on that question.good luck on Friday

Hi, People always try to look their best but dress how you would normally dress for a day at home. If you wear loose easy to get on clothes then wear them. They will ask you about good and bad days. Obviously if you are taking pain medications every day the answer to that is I have all bad days and a few that are better. There are ten physical tests remember you can refuse to do them if they are painful or compromise your safety. How are you climbing stairs? My wife's assessment centre was on the first floor. Yes there was a lift but could you get down the stairs in an emergency? My wife got a home visit because I basically said the building was unsafe. Do not let them rush you. Your husband needs to be got advocate and step in if you have problems explaining.

Ardea
Ardea
in reply to Badbessie

Thank you for your reply. Could I ask what the physical tests are? I find steps hard so a lift would be ok. But I think if something is hard for me then Iam not going to put myself in pain for them as I have enough of that already. I am dreading Friday and wait for it to be over

Badbessie
Badbessie
in reply to Ardea

Most of the tests are pretty simple . Bending your neck etc. You will be asked to squeeze the assessors hand. Lift arms. You many be asked to stand on toes or lift one leg. As I said if it causes you pain or you cannot do it repeatedly and safely you are well within your rights to say no. I know it's easy to say but try not to worry.

Ardea
Ardea
in reply to Badbessie

Thank you - it helps to know what to expect

Turn up with greasy hair and no makeup whatsoever,dress down in something like joggers and jumper,USE Your walking stick or crutches put on tour wrist supports etc,Have your Husband with u at all times and walk slowly into interview and on exiting, do not accept any drinks of water etc if offered and refuse any medical 'assessment ' at end,have no buttons on show in your clothing or zips so leave jacket in car if your Husband is your carer tell them you rely on him heavily for cooking and bathing and u dont go out without him ,These are how i imagine u cope with your illness every day but if im wrong tell them your version ,And yes trick questions are asked, at my 1st assessment i went alone,,ooofttt ah no no! i accepted a small white plastic cup of water,,trick!! in assesment letter i had good manual dexterity cos i took a drink without spilling any!! so be on guard cos these assessors are NOT there to help you they are there to help the goverment avoid paying you PIP abd its cynical of me i know but it is how it is im afraid , although i have found the last cpl of assesments less stressfull and more user friendly..Im in Scotland so dont kno if that helps cos PIP will soon be Devolved to Scottish parliament to implement . .Good luck

Ardea
Ardea
in reply to papakebo75

Thank you for your reply and comments. It does sound so horrible and nerve racking to have to go through this. I can't wait to get this over with. Thank you for your advise x

Hello and welcome, Firstly filling in the application form giving as much detail how the applicants illnesses, disability affect their daily lives in relation to the PIP descriptors. Suppling up to date medical and supportive evidence that will comfirm you abilities to or not meet the PIP descriptors. Keep copies of any information documents reports evidence you send to DWP as sometimes they get lost or mislaid. On or at your assessment t if you need or use aids use them don’t just give yes or no answers let the acessor re ask the questions to allow you to answer describing why you can or cannot do the descriptors being decused, in reference to the physical examination do not do any movements that cause you pain discomfort or aggregate your condition. Be aware of the memory games they play being able to remember things from your past will indicate to the acessor your mental state even though your just talking about things which have nothing to do with the current part of the assessment . Be aware there are CCVTs outside and in and around the the assessment center, the acessor know the distances from the nearest car parks, bus stop waiting rooms to their assessment office so if yo can walk from the bus stop or car park or easily from the waiting room to the office these distances will be noted and recorded. And lastly having had your Face to a Face assessment about a week afterwards ring DWPmand request a copy of your assessment report which takes about 14 days to arrive one requested. On receiving it you can and should be able to work out what your award may, should be as the decmakers at DWP usually go with the assessment report, but you still have to wait for the official award letter notification. If it’s not what you expect then having the report early has given you time to prepare starments ready for submission for an MR which has to be made with 30 days of receding the award letter can be done by phone but best followed up by a postal request.

Ardea
Ardea
in reply to Farmerboy

Thank you for your reply and advice. Oh dear this sounds like a nightmare and horrendous. Is it a trick question when they ask about your past? What are their memory games? I can't wait for this to be over.

Hidden
Hidden

Hi

First of all, I wish you all the very best for Friday. When it was my assessment, I was warned they will ask me a question and then further along ask me the same question to see if I give the same answer, and sure enough thus us what they did but I was ready, haha!! Please let us know how you get on. Take care of yourself.

Lynne

Ardea
Ardea
in reply to Hidden

Thank you for replying Lynne. It sounds like a nightmare. I will look out for them asking me the same question- but they will get the same answer. I can't wait for it to be over as I feel sick with sorry. I will let you know how I got on

Hi Ardea I know how you feel I've got my assessment next Tuesday at home and I'm terrified too. Please let me know how it goes. I'm not really up to it as my partner died 12 days ago but I just want to get it over with and hopefully get the right result. Good luck on Friday. 😊

Ardea
Ardea
in reply to Hamish142

I am so sorry that you lost your love. If must be extra hard for you as I know I am so dependent on mine for so many things as well as his support over matters like this. I too want to get this over with as it is making me feel sick. I feel that there is so much wrong with me that they might find it hard to believe although I can provide evidence. I don't know why they can't go off the letters I provided or the referral letters from doctors. I will let you know when it is all over. Thank you so much for your response as I know you must be hurting. Xxx

Hi Andrea

I got 6 points , they failed me on having good eye contact, holding my bag and and my walking was at a good pace,

Don't be fooled by there kindness

While your in there just remind yourself of the pain your in at the worse times .

Good luck x,

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