crutches and prostheses."
[This is what the DWP says about 'aids' in general:]
"The aid must be necessary to help the Claimant perform an activity. Everyone uses aids to some extent. For example, many people use dosette boxes as they are useful to manage a pill regimen, but this does not necessarily mean they are improving or repairing a functional impairment by using it. You must consider:
- Practicality, based on their disability and domestic circumstances.
- an aid or appliance that a claimant must use or could reasonably be expected to use in order to help overcome the claimant’s functional loss; 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 but is not
- reasonably required to overcome a functional loss
Where a claimant chooses not to use an aid or appliance that he or she could reasonably be expected to use and would enable them to carry out the activity without assistance, they should be assessed as needing an aid or appliance rather than a higher level of support."
Last updated May 2016