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Stop watch

charlenecharlene Posts: 555Member Pioneering
I have bought a stop watch of Amazon today.  Hopefully next time I am asked how many minutes can you walk I might have an answer.

no good tiring to time my walking up or down the road, don' get that far. The pavement has a bad camber and jiggle me up to much, so stop walking very quickly.  If I time myself leaving the house, descend 2 flights of 6 steps and across pavement to car, will that be acceptable.  
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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  • charlenecharlene Posts: 555Member Pioneering
    Sorry that doesn't read quiet right. 2 flights of steps 4 steps in each one.
    When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Posts: 5,246Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi charlene

    The length of time you can walk is not relevant to any descriptor. The descriptors refer to specific distances.
    The only refeence to time is within the reliability factor when you should be able to complete an activity taking no more than twice that of an able bodied person

    CR



    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • charlenecharlene Posts: 555Member Pioneering
    Hi CockneyRebel, I was asked how many minutes can I walk for at my assessment.  Was this to ascertain if I walked slow or very slow and if neither of these things then I had no problem walking?
    When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Posts: 5,246Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    This is one of the tricks the assessors are pulling at the moment
    As a guide, very slow walking is upto 45 metres per minute
    so even if you can only walk for 30 seconds the DWP will say that equals 20-50 metres

    CR
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • charlenecharlene Posts: 555Member Pioneering
    What chance have any of us then.  I replied a number of times I didn't know until she kept saying 1 to2 minutes and rest, 1 to 2 minuets and rest 1 to 2 minutes and rest then upend it to 3 mins. I gave a definite no to 3 mins and yes maybe to the 1 to 2 mins then rest . 
    When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
  • MatildaMatilda Posts: 2,616Member Disability Gamechanger
    Personally, I would always insist on linking time to distance because the time it takes different people to cover 20m can vary enormously.  On bad days it might take some people one or two minutes to walk 20m.  So, don't just say one or two minutes (because some people can be over the horizon in one or two minutes!); instead say one or two minutes to cover 20m on bad days (which are the majority as otherwise they wouldn't be claiming PIP).
  • charlenecharlene Posts: 555Member Pioneering
    As I have written in my pip form and said at least on 3 occasions to the assessor, a lot of times I can only walk 3 or 4 steps, this should be taken into account. I f the assessor  put down 1 to 2 minuets and rest x 3 , if Dwp seizes on this all could be lost.  But as someone said earlier if I can only walk up to 20 metres 50 percent of the time then I should be fine, I hope!
    When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
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