My caree goes mute when benefits things are discussed. We have a PIP phone call soon, does anyone have any advice for how to deal with this? I’m not allowed to talk on his behalf unfortunately, which is our usual solution.
Are you the appointee. If so, you should be allowed to talk for your caree.
Inform them before the call that this is impractical as he cannot communicate on the phone. Note the word “cannot” - don’t say won’t because that sounds like a matter of choice, which is not a disability.
They’ll have to come up with something else.
Hi there. Im Kristie i am a volunteer for Carers UK as a volunteer online community host. I am sure that your fellow carers on the forum can give you the advice you need but if not then please give the telephone helpline a ring or write to the email address and await your reply with the information that is necessary for you.
So, welcome to the forum! You are not alone in your caring role, i am sure that many on here will understand exactly how you feel and will offer you the support that you need. Caring can be very lonely and the pandemic has made caring responsibilities challenging as many carers have been socially restricted and unable to attend social groups etc.
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