Hi everyone, one week on from getting the letter with the PIP decision, and I don't suppose it will surprise anyone with RA that the added stress of trying to cope with this, on top of looking after myself, has made me flare....I'm hot and sore, and STILL trying to do everything on my own, as well as hours of paperwork now. In other words, I can't even BE ill, becos there's no-one in the house to "look after me" in any way!!
Anyway - the bit I'm wondering about, that any of you who've already been thru the PIP claiming might be able to shed light on, is this : (and apologies if its all a bit garbled) - In the letter they sent me, there's a secion called the "Decision Maker's Reasoning", ok? She (and it is a she) goes through every point, and explains why she considers I am not in need of help..... towards the end of this statement, she has put "I cannot consider any help you need not covered by the activities for daily living and mobility, including housework." Now, for me the whole point is, that if I DIDN'T HAVE THIS ILLNESS, I would be able to do all the housework, as well as everything else, myself!! AND, at the beginning of the NRAS booklet on claiming PIP, there is a list of examples of the kind of thing you can use your PIP money for : like, Getting the windows cleaned, getting the ironing done, getting the housework done, getting a taxi to shops, etc. etc. !! So, what do you think? How can I challenge the DWP decision, if they won't accept that I DO need help in the house?? She has alrady stated clearly that she cannot consider any help I need in the house, so I feel there's no way to argue with that. Or is there? When you're coping with "daily life", and this illness, totally alone, then housework is ****** well part of MY daily life!!! I don't have the luxury of a husband/partner/daughter/son/sister/cousin/ or even a sympathetic neighbour, coming in and providing "help", or "care", or whatever you want to call it. And I need that.
So, shall I save myself even more stress, and not even challenge them on the 'daily living' bit? No matter how supportive a letter I get from my GP or anyone else, if they've already said they won't pay me to employ someone to help with "housework" !!! I can't argue that I'm incapable of "preparing a meal", or "dressing myself", or any other of their daily living criteria. I'm just exhausted and permanently stressed and alone, - oh, and I have RA by the way......with crippled feet.
Do any of you have any thoughts? Thanks again. xxx