if you can, get someone to attend with you.
not to do the talking but for moral support.
meanwhile have a good think about the times when you don’t feel safe.
be brutally honest even if it is embarassing.
i’m scared of fainting on the loo, which i did once due to constipation.
i have low blood pressure so i can feel it drop at times which is just before i faint.
the key words are safely, repeatedly and in a timely manner.
so if you’re anything like me, you will shower and get dressed without making a big deal of it.
however, i wobble all the time and i’ve learned not to grab the shower curtain to steady myself (that was a sorry story) so i always use the grab rails!
it takes a lot longer than it used to. i only shower once a day. (i think i’m good because of that!).
so when you complete the form make sure to address those key words in every answer.
you may find yourself repeating answers from a previous question, don’t worry if the poor old assessors get bored!
you can cross reference (for example - see question 23 section a) or cut and copy if you are doing it on a computer.
think through your day and write it up, it will be a great help when you come to fill in that mammoth form.
be very careful about what you say about your walking, don’t overestimate the distance you can do safely, repeatedly and in a timely manner.
it is very stressful and we know what that does to our ms.
try not to let it drag you down, it may be evil but it is a necessary evil!
after the assessment write to whoever did it (eg atos) and request a copy of the assessors notes.