Osteoarthritis: Elaine reveals her experience of the condition
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Arthritis often affects people during their twilight years, making retirement a far cry from the rewarding experience it should be. But the condition can strike at almost any age, although younger sufferers are rarer. The trials introduced by the disease will likely see people require some more assistance, financial or otherwise, and, thankfully, there are several avenues available to chronic sufferers.
Can you claim PIP for arthritis?
Arthritis has several subtypes and related conditions which can impact quality of life.
The two primary types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which affect the body in different ways.
Regardless of how, however, people will find they have trouble moving their joints, reducing their capabilities and causing potentially severe pain.
Can you claim PIP for arthritis? (Image: GETTY)
Arthritis: can prevent people moving and cause intense pain (Image: GETTY)
Several types of financial assistance exist for people with either of these conditions.
And Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is one of them.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will award PIP for both mobility and living costs.
But claimants have to meet specific conditions to receive it.
Arthritis: There are several types of arthritis, all of which limit body movements (Image: GETTY)
The listed conditions include:
- The claimant is aged over 16 and not at State Pension age
- Their condition prevents them from getting around, functioning daily or both for three months
- The claimant expects the condition will persist for at least nine months
Anyone claiming PIP must also reside in England, Scotland or Wales and have done for two of the last three years.
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Arthritis: Professionals will ultimately determine what help PIP claimants need (Image: GETTY)
The daily living half of PIP provides for people who require help with routine activities.
These include preparing and eating food, washing, using the toilet, dressing and undressing, reading, communicating and more.
The mobility half assists people having trouble leaving their homes or moving around.
A healthcare professional will ultimately decide the level of help they require.
Successful PIP claimants will receive a weekly rate paid every four weeks.
The daily living part of the benefit provides a minimum of £60 and a maximum of £89.
The mobility aspect will provide a further £23.70 or £62.55.
PIP is one of several benefits available to people whose arthritis is impacting their ability to live.
Other potential avenues for financial assistance include:
- Help with NHS costs
- Universal Credit
- Pension Credits
- Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Carer’s Allowance