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I completed my husband's PIP form and returned it to DWP by 25 August. Received letter last night with appointment to attend Atos on 23 August. I was shocked to get this so soon and I thought Atos had withdrawn their services or had been sacked. My huubby is 57 (hasn't worked since he was 44) has fibro, cervical spondylosis, nerve damage down his right arm into his hand from his shoulder, degenerative disc disease lumber area, arthritis in his knees (although this does not prevent him from walking, although in pain), hiatus hurnia tinitus with impaired hearing (although he does not wear a hearing aid), concentration and memory problems (early onset dementia has been rules out by phsychiatrist) and to make it worse, he is in denial - thinking one day he is going to get better and get back to work (he had his own barber shop but had to give that up). I found it quite hard to complete the form as I am not the one with the illness. I am now worried about this assessment as although they say that he will not be physically examined the assessment lasts 60 minutres - what on earth do they do for 60 minutes! I am going to go through the form with him nearer the time of the assessment, but with his memory problems I can't see him remembering what has been put on the form. I am now regretting submitting the form as I'm afraid this might trigger him being reassessed for ESA support group - I had to fight by going to the tribunal to get him into the support group for two years which expired in April 2014. I know these are two separate benefits but I'm sure the departments must speak to each other, can't stop worrying neither can hubby.
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