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Disability help and advice

Postby somthinfishie » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:45 pm

Hi all,

had a bad day today,so thought it might be a good idea for those of us with disabilities to share hints and tips on coping ect,thanks to bjr for adding disabilty to the health forum.

If anyone has any tips,or needs advise,please ask here.~~fishie
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby sina » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:55 pm

Hi fishy, just saw your post about the bad day and wanted to send a (((((hug))))) to you - hope you have a better day tomorrow!!! :bounce:

Edited to add: don't know about advice on disability but am looking after my mom at the moment, and am on a steep learning curve as to how much more you can do than your doctors think if you believe in yourself!
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby somthinfishie » Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:06 pm

sina wrote:Hi fishy, just saw your post about the bad day and wanted to send a (((((hug))))) to you - hope you have a better day tomorrow!!! :bounce:

Edited to add: don't know about advice on disability but am looking after my mom at the moment, and am on a steep learning curve as to how much more you can do than your doctors think if you believe in yourself!


Thanks sina,the kindness I`ve found on this forum is amazing.Hope you`ve applied for Carers allowance.~~fishie
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby OoBubblesoO » Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:17 pm

I have a question Fishie :)

I receive DLA, mobility allowance and carers (hubby gets that)

My son has been claiming income support for over a year now. He wasn't entitled to anything else because he was only 16 when he first started claiming. Is he entitled to disability too? Or does he have to be in receipt of another benefit before he can apply?

And carers? Who would be able to claim the carers allowance for him if my hubby is already claiming it for me?

We're hoping he can start a college course when he's given the go-ahead by docs but until then it costs us for taxi's etc to get him places he needs to be. Any help appreciated xx
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby bjr » Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:35 pm

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But when my moods are over and my time has come to pass,
I hope I'm buried upside down, so the world may kiss my ar*e
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby somthinfishie » Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:57 pm

OoBubblesoO wrote:I have a question Fishie :)

I receive DLA, mobility allowance and carers (hubby gets that)

My son has been claiming income support for over a year now. He wasn't entitled to anything else because he was only 16 when he first started claiming. Is he entitled to disability too? Or does he have to be in receipt of another benefit before he can apply?

And carers? Who would be able to claim the carers allowance for him if my hubby is already claiming it for me?

We're hoping he can start a college course when he's given the go-ahead by docs but until then it costs us for taxi's etc to get him places he needs to be. Any help appreciated xx


Hi Bubbles,
As far as I know your son should be able to claim DLA,always remember to appeal when you`re not accepted the first time. :wink:

From experiance,your husband cannot recieve carers alowance for 2 people,my OH was getting CA for me when his Mum had a stroke,applied for CA for her as well,but told you can only get paid once.

Hope thats helpfull,also the links bjr has added are a good source of info.XX~~fishie
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby somthinfishie » Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:24 pm

For those that use their own car instead of the motability scheme,here is a link giving information of help with cost of excise duty,(road tax)

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeo ... G_10028003


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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby OoBubblesoO » Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:29 pm

Thanks girls! I've saved the links to my favs and will check them over this next week. Hoping to get a new house in the next few days so have a lot on my plate atm. Thanks again, very much appreciated xxx
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby blondie2 » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:51 pm

somthinfishie wrote:Hi all,

had a bad day today,so thought it might be a good idea for those of us with disabilities to share hints and tips on coping ect,thanks to bjr for adding disabilty to the health forum.

If anyone has any tips,or needs advise,please ask here.~~fishie

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
So sorry to hear you have had abad day today. Your support and compassion and humour have really touched me. So I too send a big bear hug across the ocean to you!! :wink:
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby somthinfishie » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:00 pm

Thankyou Blondie, all the support I`ve recieved from forum members is appreciated so much,and today I feel so much better,hugs to you too.~~fishieImage
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby Ann_Field » Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:15 am

One bit of advice I would give for people claiming DLA is if they feel daunted by the size of the application form, or the convaluted questions, then seek advice at the Citizens' Advice Bureau. There is usually an advisor who is able to help with the filling in. Sadly with the claim form it can very much depend on how you word things whether you get it or not, rather than what is actually wrong with you.
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby sable » Sun Apr 06, 2008 11:17 am

The best advice I can give to anyone when claiming DLA is to get a health professional who understands how much your condition affects your everyday life to write a letter supporting your claim.If they contact your GP they may have very little understanding of your needs I applied for my teenage daughter who has Aspergers and was initially turned down .On appeal I asked her Occupational therapist to write a letter to include ,and she was awarded low rate mobility and middle rate care, 60 pounds a week in all which makes a big difference.

I am anticipating another battle when she leaves school in July as she will need to claim Youth Incapacity Benefit,does anyone have any experience of this benefit?
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby 2shy » Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:00 pm

Its very important to be on good terms with your health professional whilst claiming DLA.All 3 of my children get varying rates of this allowance, but my middle son needs a massive amount of care, both with personal needs and mobility, and we were scared they would drop to a lower amount as he gets older, and lest time we had to appeal.Our specialist made it so much easier, and this time we claimed, she gae the DLA tons of info on his disabilities, and we managed to get the higher rate without an appeal, thank goodness.

ALWAYS appeal if you arent happy with the outcome, get CAB to help as well, and dont be put off when someone says'they might give you less if you appeal' if you are entitled to it, thenpush until you get it.


We are about to claim AGAIN for my little one, as he is approaching 5, so now the mobility component cuts in and we can claim that too.

Oh joy!lol
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby somthinfishie » Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:22 pm

A big thankyou Anne-field,Sable and 2shy.

Invaluable advice,always appeal.

For those who didn`t know,only found out recently can refer yourself to an occupational therapist can advise on day to day issue's OT I saw supplied me with gadgets to help with turning my door key,the gas taps on my cooker and a cradle to use with my kettle swings so that you can pour without lifting more scalds!


Take care all.~~fishie
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Re: Disability help and advice

Postby Snowleopard » Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:34 pm

I have had to claim Incapacity Benefit for quite a while now. I went back to work four times but each time my problems caused me to go back off sick. I ended up having to finish work and I had a really good career. At the moment it is unlikely that I can return to work just yet. I keep waiting for things to improve and go back to doing something, but things seem to be getting worse. I am now waiting to have an MRI scan. My hubby thinks I should claim something else but I keep thinking I am not fully disabled so should not claim, but on the other hand this Incapacity Benefit doesn't entitle you to get any help, ie prescriptions, dental treatment etc.
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