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I have just been told i have copd can i apply for moblity pip?

Memmy
Memmy Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited September 2018 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I have just been told i have copd
can i apply for moblity pip?

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  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,946 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Memmy
    Welcome to the community! Try out this PIP self test to find out if you would be eligible. Please let us know if there is anything else that we can help you with! :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • jane1973
    jane1973 Member Posts: 175 Pioneering
    @Memmy welcome there are lots of great people on here and lots of advice around the site x
    Hugz to everyone xx
  • Yadnad
    Yadnad Posts: 2,856 Connected
    Memmy said:
    I have just been told i have copd
    can i apply for moblity pip?
    You can apply for anything as long as you meet one or more of the descriptors to gain enough points.
    You will have to demonstrate using evidence describing how the COPD impacts on your mobility. If you want Enhanced Mobility you will have to gain 12 or more points - Not able to walk more than 20 metres.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,607 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    PIP isn't about a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect you daily. It's also a benefit for those aged between 16-64. Evidence will be needed to support a claim as they rarely contact anyone for this. Take a look at the PIP self test in the link above but bare in mind that it's just a guide and it doesn't mean you'll score those points.
  • atlas46
    atlas46 Member Posts: 826 Pioneering
    Hi @Memmy

    A very warm welcome.

    Sorry to learn about your COPD having recently been told about this.

    I know it can be distressing to hear such news, as my dear wife had the same news earlier this year.

    Can I ask, who gave you this diagnosis and what assessments have been undertaken to date?

    This will enable us, to provide more guidance and assistance, about applying for PIP.

  • Memmy
    Memmy Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you everyone who replied.
    I had my 3rd test ( breathing etc) on Friday.
    specialist nurse at hospital informed me that I have COPD
    and not asthma!
    apart from getting out of breath and coughing ( can’t walk more that about 30 meters!) I feel ok
    i am underweight so need to put some weight on ( very difficult for me as I burn calories very fast)
    i would like to know if I can get a benefit ( have paid NI and tax all my life!) am working to help with mobility.
    DWP are sending out a form to me.
    Thanks for any input or help
    memmy
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,607 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,
    There's more to PIP than just the mobility part. It also makes no difference whether you've paid tax and NI all your life. If it's PIP you've applied for then i'd advise you to get some help filling in those forms and make sure you send your evidence with the forms. Expect a face 2 face assessment as most people have them. Good luck.
  • Yadnad
    Yadnad Posts: 2,856 Connected
    edited September 2018
    Memmy said:
    Thank you everyone who replied.
    I had my 3rd test ( breathing etc) on Friday.
    specialist nurse at hospital informed me that I have COPD
    and not asthma!
    apart from getting out of breath and coughing ( can’t walk more that about 30 meters!) I feel ok
    Another of my issues is Pulmonary Fibrosis .which  means in part the difficulty in getting oxygen into the blood stream and the inability to breath properly thus being permanently out of breath. In fact it is a progressive killer due to oxygen starvation.

    OK I had my assessments and in all three this issue was discounted by the assessor as being nothing more than having a cough.
     She flatly refused to accept that it even caused breathlessness.

    And people wonder why I gave up with PIP when a nurse could not work out that one of the common side effects is permanent breathlessness.

    I wish you all the luck in the world in trying to get the assessors to accept any medical evidence relating to lung diseases

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