PIP decision-makers receive guidance on mobility component PIP decision-makers have now received guidance on how to apply the legal changes which were forced on the DWP at the beginning of the year when evaluating applications for the mobility payment. There are two big areas of difference: psychological problems must be taken into account to a […]
PIP assessments – Update June 2018 A number of announcements have recently been made, following the Work and Pensions Select Committee report which outlined necessary improvements to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment process. The first – and least welcome, no doubt, to claimants – was the news that Independent Assessment Services (IAS), formerly known […]
HONEY-TASTING URINE? This Diabetes Week, Mary Farmer, our nutrition expert and former NHS dietitian, takes a look at diabetes, the public health problem that affects more people than cancer and dementia combined, and is threatening to bankrupt the NHS. And this despite the fact that it is a largely preventable condition. Imbibing urine as a […]
HOW TO DODGE THE DIABETES DISASTER Part two of the diabetes-themed blog from Mary Farmer, former NHS dietitian and Independent Living’s resident nutrition expert. In the first part, which you can read here, Mary explained a bit about the condition – what we understand about it, how it affects people, and what should be done to […]
Advance Decision – Planning Ahead Update – June 2018 Have you made plans for future care? A recent poll has found that fewer than one in ten people have recorded their future wishes for treatment and care, despite the vast majority feeling it is important that healthcare professionals are aware of their priorities and concerns. […]
Why are we turning to alternatives? More often than not, it is for the treatment of chronic pain. Modern medicine has extended the average life expectancy but has failed to cure many painful conditions, such as arthritis. We are living longer with pain.