OH has had Parkinsons for over 16 years, diagnosed aged 47 and is on DLA lower for mobility but does have a Blue Badge as our GP recognised the need, on some days and in unfamiliar towns/cities. Also on middle rate care.
OH has been on these DLA levels for many years, 10+, and our daughters think that we should apply for higher rate PIP, DLA no longer being available. I have filled in the online assessment, not the actual one, but ones available online to see if you are eligible, and they do score highly on both counts.
OH recently dislocated their shoulder and for 6 weeks we had to have carers in, they now have a tendon problem with their right index finger, it won't bend so cannot do up buttons, shoelaces, difficulty using cutlery etc.We have some aids at home, grab rails etc,. and bought many more during the time of the dislocated shoulder.
I see posts from members who have been relatively recently diagnosed, a year, or 3 or 4, are still driving or working and are receiving the higher rates of PIP.
However, some days OH can walk into town, so how many meters should I say they can walk. Some days OH can mow the lawns so can obviously do some physical jobs. However, at some point most days they cannot get up out of a chair, let alone walk anywhere. They have a careline for when I go out, we have a box with a key available for emergency services outside our house.
Some days they can dress themselves, other days they can't and so the list goes on.
I think that they are eligible for higher rate PIP on both criteria but am concerned that what they can do will outweigh what they can't when assessed as OH is always good when we see our consultant.
Your thoughts please.