I am new here, I am not a carer so I hope it’s okay to post.
If anyone has any advice at all that can help me with my PIP claim that would be amazing.
I am currently receiving lower rate mobility, but am renewing my claim.
I was awarded lower rate mobility in 2017, due to agoraphobia, at the time I did not leave the house at all. But 2 years on I do leave the house, daily, but I cannot do this unless I have either my Mum or Sister with me. I do this to walk our dogs locally (we do not go far at all, but I still could not do it without someone with me) these walks double up as exposure therapy, and if I didn’t make myself go daily, then I do believe that my agoraphobia would become worse, and I would be housebound again.
I am really worried about saying on my PIP form that I go to walk the dogs, because will that actually count a a “familiar journey”?. Especially as it isn’t far. I am just really scared about losing my PIP.
Also, I do not communicate with anyone face to face, other than my mother, sister, and a next door neighbour who comes over sometimes. Other than that I find it far too overwhelming to have anybody over, it makes me extremely anxious. I want to put this down on the PIP form, but I am scared to because the other thing that I do do without finding it too hard is take deliveries (like a tesco deliver shop) I don’t really find this overwhelming as it is a quick and predictable interaction, but do I include that on the form?
Any help or advice would be lovely I am also confused about several of the other descriptors, but I don’t want to rant on and rant on my first post. Thank you everyone
Another useful place to try is the Benefits & Work website: https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/
They provide a lot of guides (although you have to pay to join to get at a lot of them, but I’d say it’s money well invested)