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Talk / Re: DFG and adaptions.
« Last post by Fiz on 17 Jan 2019 06:35PM »
I think what made this latest assessment so much harder was the assessor herself. She gave no sense of feedback or show any empathy, care and understanding so I'm left with no clue as to what's happening or what's being requested. I'm annoyed with myself for not remembering the kitchen perching stool. I think the poor woman seems to be feeling detached from her work and the people she's assessing which might be her personal life, her team morale or budget restraints so I just need to not take it personally. And be patient about the outcome because it's no use worrying about something that might not be an issue. This is me talking to myself.

Thank you everyone, as always you're stars.
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Talk / Re: DFG and adaptions.
« Last post by Fiz on 17 Jan 2019 06:25PM »
I would think removing the bath and installing a wet floor which is very "grippy" given my tendance to fall would be a better solution and no dearer than changing the bath to a shallower one and would sort me out long term as in forever bathroom wise considering a shallower bath would mean more tiling anyway.

Slightly worried about the mention about funding for stair lifts being possibly problematic in the future because my answer to my sister saying was I wise spending my one and only inheritance, given my parents died decades ago, on the garden when it's painful managing stairs and I'd said a stair lift could be installed but maybe not if they're cutting right back. I'd crawl up the stairs through gritted teeth rather than move from my safe haven here.
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 17 Jan 2019 05:18PM »
Scissors
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on 17 Jan 2019 04:50PM »
Letter
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 17 Jan 2019 11:07AM »
Alphabet
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Talk / Re: DFG and adaptions.
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 17 Jan 2019 09:31AM »
Fiz,

Just a thought have you ever used a shallow bath, it is the sort of thing that motorway motels have? When we had to replace the big old original bath we got one of those shallower baths and it makes a big difference when it comes to using the bath board. I still find getting a bath its self too tiring most of the time but I can sit on the bath board with my feet and legs in the water and get washed sitting on the bath board. The reason I do that sometimes is I find a shower even more tiring and so dont do it if I have other plans for the day. I dont wash my hair and body at the same time because that can also be too tiring and luckily the lower bath is the right height for me to wash my hair kneeling with my head over the bath. The other thing we did was move the location of the bath to the other side of the bathroom so I get in left to right which is easier for me.

I realised we have very different pain profiles and think in your circumstances a shallower bath will not help but figured it worth suggesting.

>bighugs<
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News and Current Affairs. / Re: The stuff of nightmares
« Last post by JLR2 on 16 Jan 2019 10:02PM »
Corbyn is a nobody believing he is a somebody, he has been having the micky taken out of him, hell even an unpaid Tory intern could wipe the floor with him.

Had the man, Corbyn, stood up at the opposition dispatch box opposite May, following her invite to put down a no confidence motion in her government, and told her straight, ''Now is not the time'' and his reason being the same one he reasoned not to put such a motion before namely it would be utterly pointless given the DUP scum would support the government he might have had some credibility but he didn't instead he did just as the Tories expected him to do and swallowed May's bait hook, line and sinker just like the idiot he is.
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News and Current Affairs. / Re: The stuff of nightmares
« Last post by Monic1511 on 16 Jan 2019 07:42PM »
Hi
As expected the PM has won the vote of confidence but the big problem of implementing the result of the referendum remains.   As for Corbyn - I'm sorry but to me he does not have a tactical political brain that would allow him to be an effective leader.  No I'm not saying he should be replaced as now is not the time but I can't ever see him winning a general election.


I wish the lot of them would remember they are meant to be negotiating with the other EU members not fighting amongst themselves to get their point of view on the top of the pile.  >doh<
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Talk / Re: Interesting read from the Guardian's pages (Re-PIP)
« Last post by Monic1511 on 16 Jan 2019 07:35PM »
transcript
Changes to the disability benefits system that has caused huge hardship to some of the country’s most vulnerable people has cost the government more than Ł4bn more in extra welfare payments than ministers estimated.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the Treasury’s independent forecasting unit, said predictions by the Department for Work and Pensions dramatically under-estimated the costs of rolling out the personal independent payments (PIP) system, which began to replace disability living allowance (DLA) in 2013.

A saving of Ł2bn was expected by 2018, but that has since been revised to an over-spend by Ł1.5bn to Ł2bn, leaving an estimated Ł4.2bn gap in the public finances.

The figures are expected to bolster calls by disability groups for an overhaul of the PIP system, which has been described as a “vicious attack” on disabled people. MPs on the work and pensions select committee concluded an investigation last year that found the assessments of claimants by private sector contractors to be “shoddy and error strewn”, leading to hundreds of thousands of successful appeals.

One charity, Parkinson’s UK, complained that about a quarter of people living with the disease in Britain had lost some or all of their support after benefit reassessments, only to have the payments reinstated on appeal.

The OBR said the growing number of appeals was one of several causes of the unexpected rise in costs. It said the system had also come under pressure from legal challenges, which had altered the scope of the scheme, and an increase in claimants, especially of working age adults when this group was due to see a large fall.

The OBR said: “The government assumed initially that PIP would be rolled out by 2015-16 and that it would cost 20% less than DLA would have done. In fact, by 2017-18 it was costing around 15 to 20% more, with rollout only around two-thirds complete.”

Ministers claimed, when the system was launched, that a programme of rolling medical assessments by three private sector contractors would ensure payments were only made for as long as a claimant needed them.

Critical of the system run by public sector staff, the DWP expected that independent medical reassessments would lead to a dramatic fall in the number of people staying on benefits.

A report in 2016 by the OBR described the PIP system as “a failure” after it reduced the forecasts of cost savings to 5%. In its latest report it said the inability to achieve savings, which were now nearer -20%, had pushed its forecasting of the welfare budget significantly off track.

Frank Field, who chairs the Commons work and pensions committee, said: “DWP told us PIP would save taxpayers money and introduce a fair, transparent assessment process. Today’s report lays bare that it has achieved neither. PIP will cost a fifth more than the system it replaces: a sorry situation largely thanks to DWP’s failure to cost the reform accurately before bringing it in.

“Far worse, though, is that the PIP assessments are riddled with repeated and serious errors and have caused untold anxiety and misery for far too many of the people who rely on the benefit to live. The cost of those mistakes is also knocked forward into the tribunal system, not back to the contractors who made them.”



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Talk / Re: DFG and adaptions.
« Last post by JLR2 on 16 Jan 2019 02:40PM »
''OT that came here did mention the fact I get middle rate DLA as though that should be used to pay for such things. If so what are council OTs there for''

I have had a similar experience in respect of my orthopaedic footwear, where once upon a time I was provided with my shoes free of charge at the physiotherapy dept at Raigmore hospital in Inverness I am now only provided with a catalogue to choose and buy shoes from.
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