Subject: pip refusal for OA
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