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Just how much do they need to know???

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:08 pm
by Sassy
So we are filling in the dreaded forms again - is it just me or are they wanting to know more and more personal information each time we claim?

Reading through it this time, I see that they ask several times why the caree needs this help and what would happen if they didn't have it - yet a lot of the information we have to put in seems like it would be "basic knowledge" when one thinks of a type of disability, such as aids and what they'd be needed and used for. Does anyone not know what you'd use a hearing aid for???

The thing is, we fill these forms out, they read through them and seem to use the details we have to provide as a weapon to stab us in the back. I feel like telling them to mind their own business in some sections... but I know that if I do they will just turn round and refuse the claim.

I can't help but feel that someone needs to look into the DLA claims process as a whole and see just how invasive it is for us and our carees - and that's before we look at the fact that there are too many chiefs and not enough indians at Blackpool... in the past 3 days, no one knows if we need to fill in the form DLA1 or DLA1A. If they don't know how are we supposed to know???

Re: Just how much do they need to know???

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:37 pm
by bowlingbun
That's when they hope you would give up! Benefits were supposed to be available for all in need, you used to be supported to claim what you were entitled to. Now we seem to have reached the stage where they are looking for any small thing which means they can dismiss your claim. Don't give up.

Re: Just how much do they need to know???

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:49 am
by Sassy
It just seems like they've lost every ounce of sense that they once had - and the forms will be worse still at the next review. I can understand wanting a list of aids that carees have and wanting to know if it's prescribed or not... but how it helps is dumber than dumb.

It's nigh impossible to even get help to fill the stupid things in too - ring the number provided with the pack and they come up with all the excuses going as to why they can't help... then places that used to offer the service are no longer available or won't send someone out at such short notice - so I end up doing it myself.

Of course, that took ages with me being right handed and having a slipped disc in my back pressing on the nerves to my right arm. Then everyone wonders why I feel like chucking in the towel and trying to work in some capacity... although I don't know where or how since I no longer have the ability to open a 2 litre bottle of pop anymore because of that nerve problem.

I'm dreading when mum gets the same forms to fill in almost as much as I'm dreading the day I'll be filling these in for myself (which I think will be in the not to distant future) Image

Re: Just how much do they need to know???

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:21 am
by bowlingbun
A friend of mine has a daughter with severe mobility problems. Still in her 30's, she now uses a smallish Zimmer frame with wheels (rollator?) to help her walk. Her DLA mobility application was turned down. The adjudicator said that as she could walk with an aid she wasn't entitled. So be very careful whenever a form asks about aids!!!

Re: Just how much do they need to know???

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:58 pm
by Sassy
I already suspected that that tactic might be in the works... so I made a point of telling them how caree is prone to dropping his walking aids and/or falling. I wouldn't be surprised if he's not called in for another medical, but I told them everything as truthfully as I could explain on a form - I work better face-to-face rather than on a form, forum or telephone, thanks to this syndrome I have.

Re: Just how much do they need to know???

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:01 pm
by Guest
A friend of mine has a daughter with severe mobility problems. Still in her 30's, she now uses a smallish Zimmer frame with wheels (rollator?) to help her walk. Her DLA mobility application was turned down. The adjudicator said that as she could walk with an aid she wasn't entitled. So be very careful whenever a form asks about aids!!!
A bit tricky to avoid mentioning walking aids when they've been issued by the hospital & are on your GP's records.

My wife has a wheelchair & Zimmer frame & has been denied the mobility component of DLA because she can walk for 2 minutes with aids.

Re: Just how much do they need to know???

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:26 pm
by rosemary
several pages here with info about DLA changes to new PiP

https://www.gov.uk/pip