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    ESA WCA home visit completed after 12mths waiting

    Well finally had the home visit (audio recorded) The assessor was a DR, After asking several questions about my conditions focusing on mainly one of them, as the orthopaedic surgeon's report and diagnosis (Stage 4 OA ) of the knee seemed to be conclusive enough for him as he commented about it being as severe as you can get, and he said on the recording his opinion is that my conditions would be unmanageable in the work place ,
    So fingers crossed i get the award i should of got last time and not have to endure the extra financial hardship of having the ESA stopped whilst I wait for the Farce known as the MR with the added nonsense of the implementation of Universal disaster, and the delay in paying you , (not looking forward to that at all)then very likely more waiting and frustration whilst getting further into debt until a tribunal hearing

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    Sounds positive I hope you get the result you deserve
    Anything expressed is my opinion only and is offered in good faith. It is either from my own experiance or what I have learned on my journey. Take it for what it is or leave it alone. With best wishes D.

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    Well i will be happy to be put in either group, though the SP would be nice, i doubt that i would get that , but you never know, But at least it's on audio and the DWP don't usually go against what these assessors report to my knowledge, I was a little surprised to hear him say what he said, they usually say nothing to you to indicate what their report will say, no laptop either , just old fashioned pen and paper maybe they are as rare as the portable recording equipment is

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    Ah I'm glad somebody has had their home assessment.

    I have been waiting for since June. Last year.

    I hope you get the out come you deserve after the assessment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerangelx View Post
    Ah I'm glad somebody has had their home assessment.

    I have been waiting for since June. Last year.

    I hope you get the out come you deserve after the assessment!
    Thank you, So do i , I think the combination of a HV and having it Audio recorded threw a spanner in the works, they did send someone out in July iirc but they didn't have the audio equipment

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    Yes, that's why mine is taking so long. They are looking for a female doctor who is willing to be recorded - I'm guessing they are having trouble find that lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerangelx View Post
    Yes, that's why mine is taking so long. They are looking for a female doctor who is willing to be recorded - I'm guessing they are having trouble find that lol
    It beggars belief, as they say maybe some don't feel able to operate the recording equipment properly, or don't want to carry it around. failing those reasons, maybe they don't like the methods they deploy in carrying out these interviews, that they call assessments being put under scrutiny ???

    I was surprised by how they did this called assessment, I thought at first it was going to be like the rest,because i took over 1min to answer the door,(assessor was on the phone to HQ asking them if they had an updated phone number, as my very old no longer used mobile number is still on the DWP's records,lol (probably no longer connects to anyone) also i think the provider changed their network prefixes some time ago
    I first thought here we go more of the same, the farce didn't last long either which may be a sign of a favourable result, unlike previous farces that have lasted 40mins or more, No physical tests exams either this time for some unknown reason, reading between the lines from what was said it was they had sent him out as a formality to double check to see if anything had changed since i sent the esa 50 ,(odd i know) it was like they had already accepted that my Stage 4 OA of the knee (requiring TKR surgery in the near future) meant that they may of been of the opinion that i possibly met the criteria & this coupled with moderate OA in the other knee and forefoot ,?

    I also have early onset of OA in 1 wrist and thumb joint (so the imaginary manual wheelchair gaff, they like to use, should be out of the question ) well i can only hope so, then their are the other diagnosed issues
    which he seemed to focus more on about how they affected me and if i used aids to negate the problem i explained that due to the nature and frequency the aids would be of little use and not practical to use , plus my GP had refused to prescribe the aids citing they would not be of any benefit in my circumstances
    And the cost of buying them would be prohibitive for me , that seemed to be accepted, the assessor wasn't argumentative like the previous ones had been
    Where they don't like or accept your answer they then try and unpick what you have said to make you out to be lying
    Last edited by tom34; 11-10-2017 at 04:29 PM.

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    I haven't had a terrible assessment as of yet (I always expect to have to go to appeal, that way I can't be disappointed!)

    I have been told that I can't have a wheelchair because I would become too reliant on one - with back up from doctors, specialists etc. I have a knee injury that has never fully healed, then last year I broke and dislocated my ankle in the same leg - I now have metal in my ankle. I have to use crutches when my knee feels weak.

    I hope they have listened to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerangelx View Post
    I haven't had a terrible assessment as of yet (I always expect to have to go to appeal, that way I can't be disappointed!)

    I have been told that I can't have a wheelchair because I would become too reliant on one - with back up from doctors, specialists etc. I have a knee injury that has never fully healed, then last year I broke and dislocated my ankle in the same leg - I now have metal in my ankle. I have to use crutches when my knee feels weak.

    I hope they have listened to you!
    Well i guess i will find out, but if it goes to appeal the audio recording will go against them , the assessor from what they said would of appeared to of made their mind up about my knee problem, and was just wanting to get a clear picture (allegedly) of my other conditions and how the affected me, (if anything had changed) after which they implied that it would be difficult to manage in the workplace at the very least, and even made reference to the DWP not having medical knowledge, (maybe referring to those who refer us to maxi farce for assessments ) what was meant by that i am not sure , but i have never had anything like that before from the other assessors who imo stuck to the drab script , only when i was on IB at a PCA a EE Dr working for Atos who examined me told me that he was going to recommend 2yrs
    and said that one of my conditions back then wouldn't get me a benefit award (ESA)because i wouldn't meet the criteria, I guess some do have a conscience and try where they can to uphold what they signed up to do with the GMC ect despite being called "disability analysts"
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