The benefits to severely disabled people were reorganized in April 1992. The disability living allowance is divided into two parts, payable at different rates. The old mobility allowance and attendance allowance for those under 65 were incorporated into this new benefit: the mobility part has been extended and replaced mobility allowance and the care component was extended and replaced attendance allowance for those under 65 years of age.
Claimants now complete extensive self-assessment claim forms and most claims are decided without any medical examination. Decision making is by an adjudication officer, not doctors as in the past. There is a right to review by a different officer and ultimately to an independent disability appeal tribunal.
The upper age for claiming either rate of the disability living allowance mobility component is normally 65. Those who are aged 65 but who have not reached 66 are able to claim if they can show that they had met the criteria and their disability had begun on the day before their 65th birthday. You cannot claim the mobility component for the first time once you have reached the age of 66, however once entitled it can be paid for life. The same age rules apply for the care component. The entry requirement to the lower level of this allowance is the ‘cooking test’, i.e. a person is so disabled physically or mentally that they cannot prepare a cooked meal for themselves.
The rules for all the benefits are very complicated. This should not put people off from obtaining their rightful benefits as help can be obtained (from DSS or social services to help fill the forms in). In addition a rejection should not be accepted if a genuine need is present (and the assessment process was either thought to be unfair or there was a variation on the day).
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A furuncle is a small abscess that occurs anywhere on the body. They are painful and diagnosis is particularly difficult when furuncles occur towards the outer end of the external ear canal. Treatment consists of incision where possible and doses of Flucloxacillin.
As is the case with boils, furuncles demand the eradication of virulent bacteria living on the skin’s surface. Sometimes they live up the nose and can be found in and around the anal canal. Put antiseptic in the bath for a fortnight. If infections persist apply antibiotic ointment inside both nasal openings and around the anal verge.
Nausea and severe cramping pain under the right lower rib cage triggered by a fatty meal are the first signs that cholesterol or pigment stones have triggered an attack of gall bladder pain. Surgeons believe that removing gall bladders somehow constitutes a cure for gall stones. Why this is so remains something of a mystery; because taking out the gall bladder doesn’t prevent the formation of further stones. Gall stones live just as happily in the common bile duct as they do in a gall bladder.
Much is made of the new technology which allows stones or gall bladders to be removed through small incisions. As awesome and fascinating as the new technology may be it doesn’t alter the fact the 50 per cent of gall stones are dissolvable using a low cholesterol diet or the prescription of a bile salt called Chendol.
Ten per cent of men and fifteen per cent of women develop gall stones sometime in their lives. One in five of them develop symptoms over a period of 20 years.
People that possess gall stones and no symptoms don’t need surgery. A low fat, high fibre diet is helpful if symptoms supervene. As long as circumstances are not overtaken by complications such as severe infection, perforation and peritonitis, try bile salt therapy before opting for surgery.
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