Aid or appliance
"When considering whether a claimant requires an aid or appliance, [Healthcare Professionals] should distinguish between:
- an aid or appliance that a claimant must use or could reasonably be expected to use, in order to carry out the activity safely, reliably, repeatedly and in a timely manner; and
- an aid or appliance that a claimant may be using or wish to use because it makes it easier to carry out the activity safely, reliably, repeatedly and in a timely manner.
"[For example] modified buttons, zips, front fastening bras, Velcro fastenings and shoe aids. For the purposes of assessing this activity, chairs or beds are not considered aids. "
Help or supervision to choose appropriate clothing
"[This] may apply to claimants who need to be encouraged to dress at appropriate times, e.g. when leaving the house or receiving visitors. Includes a consideration of whether the claimant can determine what is appropriate for the environment, such as time of day and the weather. "
Last updated May 2016