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Will my son be able to answer PIP questions for me?

Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
edited October 2018 in PIP, DLA and AA
I have Pip assessment tomorrow my son is coming with me will he be able to answer questins for me as sometimes i get confused and overwhelmed .Thankyou

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  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Susie55, and a warm welcome to the community!

    Wishing you all the best for your PIP appointment. It's good that you'll have your son there to support you. I imagine you'll be required to answer questions yourself, but hopefully some of our other community members will be able to clarify this. Do let us know how you get on!
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    This is from the CAB website on preparing for your PIP assessment:

    You can take someone with you into the actual assessment if they’re 16 or over. This could be anyone who makes you feel more comfortable, like a friend, relative or carer. If you want, they can take part in discussions and take notes for you.
    You should be prepared to talk about how your condition affects you even if you’ve already detailed it on your PIP claim form. It can be hard to do this but it will really help if you can talk about:
    • the kind of things you have difficulty with, or can’t do at all - for example, walking up steps without help or remembering to go to appointments
    • how your condition affects you from day to day
    • what a bad day is like for you - for example, ‘On a bad day, I can’t walk at all because my injured leg hurts so much’ or ‘On a bad day, I’m so depressed I can’t concentrate on anything’
    It’s a good idea to take a copy of your PIP claim form with you. That way you can refer to it in the assessment and make sure you tell the assessor everything you want them to know about your condition.
    Don’t let the assessor rush you and try not to just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to their questions. Always try to explain how doing something would make you feel afterwards and the impact it can have on you if you had to do it repeatedly in a short period of time.
    Download the PIP assessment help sheet - to take with you to your assessment [ 97 kb]
    Print it out and take it with you. It includes tips on what to take to your assessment and dos and don’ts during the assessment.


    I would agree with Pippa that I think they would expect you to answer the questions yourself, but that doesnt mean that someone else couldnt support you and remind you of anything in your notes.

    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    Many thanks for replying i will leave yoy all knowhow i got off not looking forward to it at all
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    We also have this video on preparing for a PIP assessment 


    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    Thankyou for your reply
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    That video u just sent very useful.Thanks
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    Sam_Scope said:


    Don’t let the assessor rush you and try not to just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to their questions. Always try to explain how doing something would make you feel afterwards and the impact it can have on you if you had to do it repeatedly in a short period of time.

    The above is good advice but the reality for most is that the assessor will not be interested in wanting to hear a song and dance of an explanation as you suggest.
    Yes they should do, but after 3 assessments/re-assessments they were clearly more intent on getting to the next question leaving no time for explanations.

    They tended to suggest an answer and ask if you agree or not. The way the question was worded the answer was normally yes.

    With the last assessment, I did tell the assessor to listen to me and to slow down - that was when I was warned that she could stop the assessment there and then for not co-operating fully with her..
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    Omg that's made me more nervous now.😱
  • atlas46atlas46 Member Posts: 827 Pioneering
    Hi

    My wife came with me to my assessment ( she is my Carer), at the beginning I asked if it was OK for her to prompt me.

    The assessor was very kind and said whatever was best for me.

    My wife prompted a few times, but I was able to answer most on my own.

    It took over an hour, but was done in a very calm and kind manner.

    The lady was an Occupational Therapist and even prompted me on the aides and equipment I use!!

    I was awarded enhances rate for both, for 5 years.

    Hope this helps and good luck.

    You will be fine, only you know about the issues you face.

  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    Thankyou i have my birth certificate as 1 form of identity will my bus pass be acceptable as well
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    Susie55 said:
    Omg that's made me more nervous now.😱
    Don't be. My post was of my experiences. Many others seem to have better experiences. It obviously depends on the assessor on the day. Some are good, some exceedingly good, some are bad and some exceedingly bad.

    You can only work with what you are dealt with. Just concentrate on answering the questions and try to remain calm & pleasant. I must admit that when I told the assessor to slow down it wasn't with the best use of words or tone that I used.

  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    I see that makes me feel a bit more relaxed.Thankyou
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    No, your son won't be able to answer the questions for you, they will want you to answer in your own words how your conditions affect you.

    I've had 2 PIP assessments for myself and both times i had an Occupational Therapist. I was able to answer those questions with as much detail as possible and i wasn't rushed in giving my answers either, although i do understand that it's not like this for some people. If all the information was put on your claim form then being rushed shouldn't matter too much because the assessment will just be to add any extra information they need.

    I am my daughters appointee too and during her assessment i was able to answer all the questions for her because i'm her appointee. I wasn't rushed for this either and was able to answer the questions in full, in fact her assessment was well over 1 hour because of all the information i gave. Never had a problem here either and the assessment went well.

    We're all nervous for assessments like this doesn't matter how many times you have them, it's perfectly natural to be this way.

    Don't read too much on the internet because you'll only ever hear the bad stories and very rarely the good ones. Both my claim and my daughters claim were successful and i claim Enhanced mobility and standard daily living. My daughter claims Enhanced for both and we both claim for completely different things.

    Good luck!
    Community champion and 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.
  • atlas46atlas46 Member Posts: 827 Pioneering
    Hi

    Has your bus pass got a picture of you, if yes it will be OK.
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    Yes it has got a photo of me on it si that will be fine then.Thanks
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    Well ive just come back from my PIP assessment not as bad as i thought not pinning any hopes mind that i will have benefit its a waiting game now can anyone tell me when can i phone Works and pensions to have a copy of my assessment report.Have i got to wait until ive recieved my decision from them or can i have it sooner.Thanks
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I'd leave it a week and then ring them. If you live in the UK then yes you can have a copy of the report before a decision is made. If you live in Northern Ireland then you'll have to wait until a decision is made. Good luck.
    Community champion and 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.
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    Aw great thankyou👍
  • atlas46atlas46 Member Posts: 827 Pioneering
    Hi @Susie55

    You can now relax and put it behind you.

    Was your son able to assist you?
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    He did answer a question and apoligised to the assessor and she said it was ok i answered the rest to be honest the questions were short she was typing mostly i had to do a lit of different movements about 9 in all some i told her i couldnt do which she said was fine my son asked her if i would be penalised for that but she said no its just a waiting game now.
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    edited October 2018
    Did the assessor allow you the time to explain in detail how your problems affected you and how the impact on your life matched the relevant descriptors. Or was it just a yes/no exercise with you just answering some short questions?

    In other words was time given for you to add more to what you had put on the PIP2 claim form.
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    It was just short answers she told me before i started that i was to keep it short as she didnt want to run out of time and i would have ti go back a second time.
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    Susie55 said:
    It was just short answers she told me before i started that i was to keep it short as she didnt want to run out of time and i would have ti go back a second time.
    Ah the 'second time' was mentioned. I had that said to me but now realising that it was a bluff and false reason to avoid a lengthy and time consuming detailed assessment. I genuinely believed the assessor and felt sorry for her at the time.
    There is no 'going back for a second time'.

    Poppy123456 could comment on the quality of your assessment given what you have disclosed. She had totally different assessments for both herself and her daughter.
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    I have noted it in my diary and i will be phoning next week for my report on assessment so i will have all my info ready for when i get my decision.Im not pinning any hopes on it going in my favour but as my son said we will take it all the way if needs me.I am so lucky i have him and my daughterinlaw living just 5 minutes away from me as i am on my own so he is my backup.Everyone keep fingers crossed for me that i could be one of the lucky ones.I can but dream😂😂if i dont laugh ill cry .I so glad i found this forum as i can voice all my troubles and know that everyone is in the the same position as me.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    It's very rare for people to have to have a 2nd face to face assessment, if this does happen it will more than likely be because of some contradictions found by and audit. Otherwise i would say take what the HCP said with a huge pinch of salt.

    I'm not sure what you want me to say here because everyone's PIP experience is so different. I was able to explain in full detail for both my assessments for myself and the one for my daughter, without any problems. All the assessments were different in length ranging from 15 mins to approx 1 hr 15 mins.

    You say you gave short answers, does this mean you only answered with a yes or no? or were you able to give a little more information than that?

    It's very difficult to predict what could happen. The only thing i can advise you do is ring DWP for a copy of the assessment report, look at the boxes with dots or ticks and compare them against the PIP descriptors to add the points, if any. If the worst does happen it's handy to be one step ahead and have the report anyway because it comes in very useful when requesting the Mandatory Reconsideration.
    Community champion and 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.
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    I was able to give somevinformation but she told me in the beginning that if i was to long explaining she would have to stop me not to run out of time.Didnt put me at ease.My assessment lasted an hour and i was asked to do 9activities in all afew i had to tell her i couldn't do and she said that was fine
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No one can really tell you if that's a good or a bad thing, it depends how much detail you went into on your PIP form. The assessment report is the only way you'll know how the assessment went. Good luck.
    Community champion and 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.
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    Yes thanks its just a waiting game now i give loads of info on my form and medical evidence included and also evidence from family members
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Member Posts: 2,906 Disability Gamechanger
    Are you getting any other help with the process? Good luck btw
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  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    I have just had my pip assessment report sent to me i have just worked out the points i was awarded i had 12 for daily living and 10 for mobility will this be same when Works and Pensions look at it or should i not raise my hopes that i will get the same points.Thanks
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Susie55 said:
    I have just had my pip assessment report sent to me i have just worked out the points i was awarded i had 12 for daily living and 10 for mobility will this be same when Works and Pensions look at it or should i not raise my hopes that i will get the same points.Thanks
    They usually go with the report and award what's recommended, it's rare to go against it but it can happen. Don't celebrate just yet and wait for the decision. I'm sure it will be fine. Good luck.
    Community champion and 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.
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    No exactly my thought on my report though it did not give the points just ticks i had the poin t system up on line it also states review in 3years time.Has anyone had their copies were they the same just ticks in relevant boxes and had to work out points
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    edited October 2018
    Susie55 said:
    No exactly my thought on my report though it did not give the points just ticks i had the poin t system up on line it also states review in 3years time.Has anyone had their copies were they the same just ticks in relevant boxes and had to work out points
    I see that the assessors are continuing to suggest the normal 3 year award to be reviewed after 2 years. Talk about trying to increase their income!
    I'm betting that the suggestion has no basis on fact or evidence.
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    If it is right and i will recieve standard mobility will i be able to keep my blue badge
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Susie55 said:
    No exactly my thought on my report though it did not give the points just ticks i had the poin t system up on line it also states review in 3years time.Has anyone had their copies were they the same just ticks in relevant boxes and had to work out points
    The boxes/ticks in any report are not added up because it's a recommendation. They will only be added up on the decision letter.

    Standard mobility will automatically qualify you for the blue badge if you scored 8 points in the moving around part of mobility.
    Community champion and 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.
  • Susie55Susie55 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    I scored 10 if dwp agree with assessment so thats good news.Many thanks for your reply
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