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    What counts as an aid for personal independence payment?

    Okay, so last week I received your DLA is ending letter and today I have received the personal independence payment form.

    I was, and in some ways, still am confident that I will receive at least the same level of benefits I received just now, and there is a possibility I might even reach 12 points on the daily living side.

    However, I do have some questions regarding what counts as an aid? For example, does a straw and Dycem count as aids for eating and drinking? What about grab handles for the toilet?

    Also, with regard to dressing, what about elastic trousers and Velcro shoes that I actually use as slip ons?

    I am not concerned about the mobility component-I use an electric wheelchair and my walking ability is now down to 1 or 2 steps. There is a high chance I will receive 8 points for not been able to cook a meal-bad coordination. And I was expecting to pick up quite a few 2 points here and there, for tasks I can do but that I need aids for (shower chair plus what I have mentioned above).

    I would be very interested if anybody can give me clarification on the above, however that’s just for my interest at this stage. The strategy I will be taking with the form is to treat all the examples above as aids-and let the DWP decide.

    Thanks

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    Aids are anything that helps you with day to day activities.

    Eg Perching stools, grab rails, shower seats, ramps, easy wear clothing, raised toilet seat, we
    t room, kettle pourer, electric can opener, thick handled cutlery . . .

    It's also furniture to hold onto etc

    You can also mention why you can't use certain aids. I can't use a perching stool in the kitchen because my balance isn't good, I need an arm rest for support which it doesn't have and I have no feeling in my left buttock so lean more to one side which is unstable.

    Paint a graphic picture so they have an insight on how you cope.

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