There have been several posts about the problems of claiming PIP. It has made me wonder what peoples experiences have been of being able to get support from a Parkinsons Local Adviser? I found it invaluable when applying for PIP. I was able to get help filling in the form, at home over a 2 day period. I could never have done this on my own.
There is a lot of information for members on-line, whilst this is accessible for some there are many who do not use this way of getting information. There is nothing like the opportunity of face-to-face, friendly and welcoming contact which has been my experience of the Parkinsons Local Adviser. Someone who over the years I feel very confident about approaching for help. This can be particularly useful at critical times, like first diagnosis, and problems that arise as the condition becomes more complex after the ‘honeymoon’ period.
Receiving the PIP has made a huge difference to my quality of life and I’m so grateful for the help I received from my Local Adviser and that this service is provided. I was then also able to get a blue badge because of my successful claim and hope other members are aware of the help on offer, we don’t need to go through the anxiety of whether a claim will be successful or not ‘alone’. As they say use it or lose it.