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Really need some expert advice
Hi. I am really confused and so is my wife.
I receive full PIP, and my wife who normally works part time looks after me. Without her I do not know what I would do and to be honest, her not working due to COVID has been a blessing to me. She does most things for me
My wife is ten years older than me and she will be 65 in four months time. She has COPD and has done for some years now. She aslo has Arthritis in the thumbs. a nurse said she may have arthritis in her knees but this has not been confirm as she does not want to bother the doctor and the nurse has said that it would take a long time to find out due to covid and the backlog. She was in self-isolation due to being vunerable but has not returned back to work due to suffering from stress and axiety due to covid.
Her doctor has put her in contact with a counsillor and now this other organisation has got involved. They have said that she should be claiming PIP, but my wife explained that she did apply for PIP around six years ago and received no points. She also explained to them that she cares for me and she does everything, so she cannot see PIP saying we will award you. This new organisation does not think she should return back to work.
It kills me watching her each day struggle to look after me. She does everything and I feel lazy to be honest. When i do try and do things i end up in a load of pain. I have come back from the surgeon today and told him how bad I feel, and they have said they understand but i cannot risk doing anything as it will make me worse as well as put me in pain for days. My wife really struggles doing things, but she grits and bares it and does things. My daughter also helps.
My wife explained to this organisation that why would PIP award her anything when she is an unofficial carer and she does everything around the house. They have told her that they will fill the form in for her, but she has said that she has seen my form and there is nothing on that form that would be beneficial to her.
They have also said that they want to look at her taking early retirement on health grounds. She does not understand what they mean. As far as we are aware you cannot get your pension any earlier.
Can anyone please offer me advice please so my wife can read it. She does not want to waste time filling in a PIP form when she will not be awarded anything