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Husbands carer, his ESA "fit for work" assessment, scared,,desperate & alone.
Hi everyone, I am new here, I'm desperate for some reliable information. I am my husband's carer since his throat cancer diagnosis in 2010. Happily we got through that and he's now clear but the person he was before that no longer exists. He has claimed ESA(we're in the support group) since then. At the end of last year he successfully moved over from DLA to PIP. Scoring so high he was awarded the mobility part of PIP where he hadn't previously Then we received the dreaded ESA form I struggled through it and sent it away, yesterday we received a call telling him he needed to attend an assessment, he tried to explain he doesn't leave the house due to how he is .His problems are partly physical and mental. This person then continued to try to bully him into attending, he completely shut down and handed me the phone. I don't want to make this post into an entire book so I won't go into all the details but I have mental health and physical problems which I'm dealing with as well as trying to care for my husband. Why does he have to have yet another assessment when he's only just had the stress of the one for the PIP, at least that one was done at home. The call yesterday told me he has until next Thursday(18th) to get his doctor to fax them with the recommendation a home visit be done and why. Problem is we can't get an appointment with a doctor till the 16th & that's going to be to late. I've tried explaining it's important we see a GP. Even then I haven't the strength to go through the strain of convincing my husband he has to go to the surgery or if the GP will agree he needs the home visit ..if he doesn't then what?? Can they refuse the home visit. I don't get how they can justify another assessment when he was awarded the PIP. I don't feel I can cope with this on top of all the other things. Ive never felt so alone & afraid and if it's even worth continuing with life.