Well am now going to try for PIP or DLA, have started by asking Social Services if they will assist me. Here is the letter I just wrote to them.
I have recently suffered an SAH Haemorrhage, I am not working due to my doctors advice and as much as I want to, I am unable to care for the elderly with mental issues when I am unable to do some of my own care and it would be both selfish and dangerous for me to try, my mobility is very bad some days and I think people are getting tired of giving me lifts to the doctors and hospital and I don't have the money to use taxi firms. I have some pre existing neuro issues and learning difficulties as well as mental illness for the past ten years or more but it is the brain haemorrhage that has left me this way.
I am now in need of financial help, and although I have always worked, I feel I have no choice than to apply for PIP or DLA but will need assistance to fill out the forms in my own home due to my conditions.
Are you aware of anyone able to help me do this, I am really struggling at the moment and would really appreciate some help.
Well I am not sure if I will get a reply, let alone any help, CAB do not get involved in filling out the forms any more, I called the benefits help line, but was on hold for 25 minutes and hung up. You are able to fill out the forms online but for some reason it would let me, but unsure if that would be good for me, some say to write about your word days, some say an average day but highlight what really bad days are.
I also suffer with comprehension issues with my dyspraxia and dyslexia so that would not help, I have GAD or General Anxiety Dissorder, have been house bound before with my anxiety and take medicines to help me now, but un-fmiliar places are very difficult for me even when accompanied sometimes, Have a holiday for 5 dys at the end of this month and hope it is ok, but feel it has been a little better since the SAH, so something good came of it.
I think I would only get low rate mobility and mid rate care, unless they advise me of other benefits, I am not up on all this stuff.
My question is rally, how did you go about getting benfits, were you refused ? did you find it stressful ? would you bother?
I think financially I have no choice but to try. But your experiences and advice would really help.
Thanks, I do appreciate all the people who will respond, and those who have to my past posts, the good news is my head pain went from a 7 out of ten this morning to a 3-4 now.