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Welfare Rights / Re: Refused home visit requested
« Last post by SteveX on May 16, 2018, 12:40:08 PM »
Welfare Rights / Re: Refused home visit requested
« Last post by gorbut on May 16, 2018, 11:54:54 AM »
Donít try and hide how you feel tomorrow . I know that in everyday life we are encouraged to hide our feelings and not be too over emotional but you need to show the assessor what your life is like.

Also, while itís a good idea not to assume the assessor is on your side there are honest ones. My son and daughter were both lucky enough to get good ones.

Is there something you like to do or a food treat you can arrange for after the appointment tomorrow so you have something good to focus on, although I imagine that the physical and emotional stress caused by it will wipe you out for a while.

Hope it goes ok.

Disability Talk / Re: ATOS Assessors Get £50 Bonuses For Extra Assessments
« Last post by JLR2 on May 16, 2018, 11:41:27 AM »
''You'll also receive a £50 bonus if your Assessment Centre Team achieves its expected outputs.....''

For, 'expected outputs' read targets.

''Your Service Delivery Manager will share your targets with you''

Bit ambiguous that, first what do they mean by share with you?  Do they mean the SDM will carry out assessments to boost a flagging assessor's number of completed assessments or furnish assessors with Atos/DWP required target numbers? 

Now would be a good time to ask the DWP to reiterate their claim that there are 'No targets in relation to WCA assessments'.
Welfare Rights / Re: Refused home visit requested
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on May 16, 2018, 11:24:42 AM »
Welfare Rights / Re: Refused home visit requested
« Last post by Fiz on May 16, 2018, 11:08:10 AM »
It's tomorrow and I'm so terrified I'm crying and nothing at all is happening today. I've just read through my PIP application and I can't believe how honest I've been   >crying<  I'm glad my GP and CPN won't see it. I was going to have it in front of me tomorrow to use as a guide but I know with my anxiety as high as it is I will be unable to read anything so I will just have to tell it how it is. I have my GP's evidence letter and print out of regular prescriptions of medication and dressings. I also have My CPN's letter. I thought I had gathered several letters informing me of when I was detained under the MHA and when I was discharged but they're not in the PIP carrier bag. My CPN has stated that I've been detained annually since 2015 which is saying the same thing. I wish I could find the hospital discharge letters from times I've been admitted for various physical needs caused by neglect due to my mental health problems but I can't find them either. I think I'm just going to have to calm down and go with what I've got. I barely slept last night so I'm doubtful I will sleep much tonight. This PIP assessment is so much harder than the one I had in 2016 because my neuropathic pain has now left me virtually housebound and the difference a car could make to my quality of life compared to my current feeling of having no quality of life is dramatic. I am not coping well with being housebound. And my social anxiety has got a lot worse probably because I have no exposure to meeting people other than my children on rare occasions and my CPN.

I can't wait for tomorrow to be over but I'm unsure how much better I will feel before the results come. Both my application and my professionals letters state I need a female assessor and my MP said the same but I wish I knew for sure that they've arranged that. I'm not sure if I can let a man in the house that's the trouble.
I saw the news item elsewhere, but what hurt me was my initial reaction of "So what's new?  It's been going on for years."  Then I realised that it no longer shocks me that a news story like this seems to portray a situation like this as new and rare.  I saw it on a site where there were older, similar stories, but even then they did not portray the situation as being other than an extremely rare case.

If only someone would take this whole thing as a Windrush scandal.

A woman with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) has been refused funding for an electric wheelchair despite having lost the use of both legs and one arm. So she's trying to raise the money herself on the crowd funding site.
Disability Talk / Re: Steroid injections?
« Last post by bub1 on May 15, 2018, 08:51:02 PM »
4 weeks ago. Consultant didnít think it would work but wanted to try anyway
Disability Talk / Re: Steroid injections?
« Last post by Fiz on May 15, 2018, 06:07:02 PM »
It takes up to 3 weeks for full effect. When was it done Huhn? 
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