I read so much negativity about the assessment and criteria etc, I nearly didnt go i was beside myself. The guy couldnt have been nicer to be fair. He said straight away you wont be here long as we have had great supporting evidence from your neuro and your GP.
He only asked me a few questions about how it affected my life.
I had my care worker in with me and i was in my wheelchair.
The thing is with PIP its not what illness you have been diagnosed with its, how that illness affects your life. my neuro and GP supported how my illness had changed my life and thats important.
The one thing i will say is the first question on mobility can you plan a journey, if anyone turns up at assessment on their own, then they will get 0 points, which could be the points they need.
The thing is for care is cooking, washing and bathing and managing your medications.
I have care worker for all these needs.
My assessor was very nice and genuine and nothing like i expected. The thing is we must make sure we have all the evidence to hand, and also my care assessment for direct payments really helped too.
So a stressful time refused a home assessment by ATOS because the lady who filled my forms in mentioned i got ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED with myself, so ATOS read that as I was aggressive and therefore was not allowed a home visit.
My gp sent the letter supporting me having a home visit but i had my assessment date just before xmas and i really couldnt face ringing and changing it so went.
Anyway its a relief, but from start to finish, having aged uk help me, and my health people on my side has been a huge bonus for me.
TEN YEARS i dont have to bother again, mind you…i cant see me being here then lol…and no i am not being morbid.
Good luck, just say it as it is. xx