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ESA assessment - home visit?

rachel1988rachel1988 Member Posts: 14 Listener
Hi has anyone been awarded a home visit for ESA assessment,I was awarded one in July and still haven't had it,I have been given one as I am unable to leave the house,I have agoraphobia,I'm also very nervous about what will happen 

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  • debsidoodebsidoo Member Posts: 327 Pioneering
    Dear Rachel1988
    I would contact DWP and ask them as you do not want to find that your next letter is shutting down your claim.
    Debsidoo.
  • tommtomm Member Posts: 231 Pioneering
    Mine took around 3 months from them agreeing on a HV, but this like most other things will vary depending on lots of different factors including the area you live in, very rarely some people fall through the cracks of the system, and are forgotten about, there's no harm in contacting the CHDA on the number you agrangedfor the HV on, which is usually your area's main office
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @rachel1988

    I agree with @debsidoo that you should give them a call to find out what is happening.  Good luck and let us know how you get on.
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • rachel1988rachel1988 Member Posts: 14 Listener
    Thank you,I have contacted the assessors and they said they don't know when it will happen
  • tommtomm Member Posts: 231 Pioneering
    Nothing more you can do, except wait, they  i think struggle with HV's probably because they are given less of a priority  or have less staff prepared to do them?
  • rachel1988rachel1988 Member Posts: 14 Listener
    I have got my appointment through for next week,I am so nervous as I don't know what they are going to ask/say
  • tommtomm Member Posts: 231 Pioneering
    They will ask you questions similar to what the esa50 asks, and probably compare your answers,to check if your being consistant,as well as them asking about what you can normally do each day, if you have copies of any reports from specialists you have seen since making this esa claim, i would ask to make sure that they have them or have seen them, just  take your time and try not forget to describe fully how your conditions affect your quality of life or leave anything out 
  • rachel1988rachel1988 Member Posts: 14 Listener
    Had it now,he was lovely,just wondered what happen now and what will happen with money 
  • kellrickkellrick Member Posts: 1 Listener
    did you get your esa just wondering has i have asked for a home visit i had to send them a doctors letter which cost me 45 pounds
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    hi there I was wondering how it turned out did you get your esa ???
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    at what point do you need too tell them you need a home visit is it   once they tell you you need too be accessed as im still filling out my form ???
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You can request it on the form but you'll need a supporting letter from your GP stating the reasons why you can't attend the assessment centre.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    ok so you don't wait until   the letter of a assement comes through the post ???
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Just add the request to the form, it may or may not be seen but at least you will have requested it. Then send the letter of support from your GP with the form.

    Yes, the appointment date comes in the post.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    ok I meant do you not need the letter saying you cant attend a face too face until they notifly you that you need too be accessed face too face 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Most people have face to face assessments so i'd advise you to get the letter and send it in preparation if possible. If you can't get the letter in time for when you send the form off then just request it in the form and then speak to your GP.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • MollieMooMollieMoo Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Hi.  I waited nearly 18 months for a doctor to do my home assessment.  I was beginning to think they had perhaps decided not to do one
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    ok thanks how did yours go was you happy with the result 
  • regularirregularregularirregular Member Posts: 9 Connected
    There are only doctors who do home visits for these WCAs and there is a pilot for nurses doing it as well but don't know how widespread that is.
    My advice is that if you are receiving the benefits and have proof that CHDA received your questionnaire and medical professional letter confirming need for a home visit, just hold on and wait for them to let you know the date.
    Trying to push for home visit might result in you having the assessment and losing the benefits if you are deemed fit for work.
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