hello to everyone, its carolej, i just want to say a big thankyou to all those who have welcomed me on board, and may i also say i wish i'd joined a long time ago and met everyone, i very much look forward to chatting with you all!!!!!!!!!!!!! about direct payments, i feel we as a family rely heavily on my direct payments, i feel i use them very wisely, to benefit both myself and them. with the changes are coming our way-what will happen to these payments in the uncertain future????????????? does anybody else worry about this???????????????
Do you need to be so bad you can barely move all the time or is there a middle ground somewhere
You need to be on the top level (receiving mobility allowance) to be permitted to spend some of it on a Motability lease car, but you can't apply for one if you're over 60 and have never had one before.
If you are over 60 and have HAD such a car since before you were 60 you can carry on renewing it forever, as long as you still have a licence.
To claim Disability Living Allowance you need to be aged between 3 and 64 on 11 April 2011. There are 2 rates for mobility needs and 3 for care needs. I get the higher rate mobility ie £202.50 a month but nothing for care. It is not means tested and you can claim if you are still working in fact it is there to help you to carry on working as you can exchange the higher rate mobility (if you receive it) for a mobility car. I think you can have 2 named drivers and you don’t have to drive yourself. However the car must only be used primarily for your benefit. For instance the driver could use it to collect your prescriptions or do some shopping for you. I don’t have a mobility car myself as I wouldn’t use it enough but we may get one when my husband and I retire. If you have a chronic illness like Parkinson’s you should continue to get DLA after 64 as long as they don’t change the rules. I suggest you put in an application now before it changes to the new scheme (PIP).
I am not interested in a car because I already have a new car. OH is very generous and he will have it adapted for me as and when necessary.
What would help is someone to do the cleaning and gardening . I do work full time but find I have little energy left for these tasks.
Could I apply for DLA on this basis?
When you apply for DLA you need to explain the difficulties you have with mobility and whether you have any care needs. You need to see the form first to decide whether you are eligible. If you are awarded an amount of money you can spend it on whatever you like.
If you receive DLA at a certain level (is this the same level for all Local Authorities ?) there is access to additional support which is automatic such as a bus pass (for under 60s), blue badge, mobility car, and I believe cinema tickets & reduced / zero road tax.
I still work full-time but get low DLA I get £19 odds and that goes directly to pay someone to come in once a week to clean the house (clean the shower/bathroom etc and vacuum as well as I get a lot of pain when doing them myself.I now find it a bit harder to dress myself so the Welfare Rights Officer who helped me fill in the form a first time (a God's send) is now going to re-assess me to see if my DLA needs changed.
Please get in touch with your local Welfare Right Officer (I think its through hte council) as they know all about what you're entitled to.
Just a warning. I was told to inform any professional if I had used them on my pip application form. I told my doctor last time I saw her and she said 'oh we don't bother with them, we get so many' from her attitude I can only assume that she puts them in the bin! Obviously this could have a massive impact on the final decision. To say that I am not happy is a gross understatement! Am so angry, obviously any response from her would be next to useless anyway. Oh well, hope you all have better docs than I do
Where these things( pip/esa questions) are concerned Think in the context of your worst day.
They are not interested in Your Good days
in reasonable time/standard you'd expect to do so.
If there is Any doubt( from your point of view) Not what they might think then the Answer is No, because it is You living with the Disability & discomfort, Not Them.