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Date: 13.03.2021
From: Tracy Baggaley

Subject: pip refusal for OA

Dear group,

I have found your contact information from a helpsheet on the versusarthritis website. I wondered if anyone could help me at all. I am a 55yr old woman diagnosed with OA at about the age of 48. Things have deteriorated and I have tried to claim PIP but been refused. I scored 8 points for activities of daily living and 4 for mobility -Can stand and then move more than 50 metres but no more than 200 metres, either aided or unaided. I am planning on asking fort a REVIEW OF DECISION and wondered if anyone has any tips or info i could use.

The things I disagree with are:

cooking- i need assistance from my partner, and they only awarded me 2 points saying I need aids only. I did tell the assessor what he does and what i can and cant do.

medication- i need an aid and assistance with remembering to take and order meds and to put a patch on. I was awarded 0 points

dressing and undressing - i need assistance from my partner, and they only awarded me 2 points saying I need aids only to help with the bottom half. I did tell the assessor what he does and what i can and cant do.

planning an unfamiliar route - I have serious memory loss due to taking gabapentin so no longer drive on long journeys, use GPS on local travel. I dont drive alone if its soemwhere unfamiliar. I was awarded 0 points.

Please could you offer any help

thank you,
Tracy
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Date: 13.03.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: pip refusal for OA

Hi Tracy, welcome to the forum. You should definately appeal it is a fact that a high percentage received a reversal of the decision made.
You should write a list for your self of all the things your partner helps with.
I would guess if you need assistance dressing you need assistance drying after a bath or shower.
Its all the small things you have to tell them.
Makes sure you appeal in plenty of time.
I take gabapentin I know all about the brain fog. They should know that has an affect on people.

PIP is a shambles. I have read so many things about them. They need a new system that's for sure.

I wish you all the luck in the world.
Please let us know how you get on.
Take care
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