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hardtimeshardtimes Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi all
I’m currently going through the move from DLA to PIP. I have physical and mental issues. Currently get High rate mobility and middle rate care.
I have suicidal thoughts and have put on claim form that I plan to end it all if I have to attend a medical. Doctor wrote a letter confirming physical and mental issues.
Letter sent to DWP via my MP’s office. The next day DWP phoned MP to say Capita are arranging a home visit.
I am scared stiff about this visit. With all the horror stories about these visits by Capita.

What will happen at the visit?



  • duckett123duckett123 Member Posts: 81 Courageous
    they  will  come in and ask you about your illness tell lies about you or if your lucky you will get someone who cares try  and have someone with you 
  • hardtimeshardtimes Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Knowing my luck, I will get a liar
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi hardtimes and welcome

    The hardest thing is to be yourself. Most of us with long term conditions have coping mechanisms which hide our disabilities to some extent. Just for that day you must become disabled again so the assessor sees you as you are, if you hide the assessor will not see the real you and cannot make the right assessment.

    Read through your PIP form so you know what you put
    Make no special effort on the day, stick to your normal routine
    Take your meds as prescribed
    It is up to you which room you have your assesment in
    The assessor does not have the right to look around your home and probably won't anyway
    Have your ID ready
    If you can, have somebody with you
    Assessors have a habit of coming early
    They will watch every thing you do, how you hand them your ID, how you sit, how you stand.

    We are all used to giving positive answers
    Q "How are you?"
    A " I'm fine " even when you are not

    Be aware of the yes questions
    ie assessor " Can you cook a simple meal ?"
    Answer " Yes, but I need a perching stool as i cannot stand for long "

    If you answer as above the assessor will stop listening  at " Yes............."
    instead try
    " No, but if I  use a stool to sit on I can  "
    When you answer "No..........." The assessor has to listen to what you say

    HCP are often  asking how long can you walk not how far. 1 or 2 minutes does not sound much but very slow walking is measured as 45 metres per minute

    Have a look at the B&W self test


    I am sure others will add more advice

    Good luck and do let us know how you get on


    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • hardtimeshardtimes Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thanks for the advice. Haven’t got a date yet
  • joyclynjoyclyn Member Posts: 67 Courageous
    Have someone with You if possible as if your assessor is anyway like what I had even having someone with me I received 2 points all lies she wrote but like cockneyrebel  stated big difference in how you answer /yes but I need xx  /no  I have to xx   remember this from what I have read it' now makes sense  it's the first answer yes/no that is picked up hope this makes sense I'm no full shilling but I am learning reading on this site good advice given by people who have also been.were  we are anyway best luck b honest tell how it is don't dress it up  like me  
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