chrohns disease

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
hi there i was diagnosed with crohns disease 4 years ago and applyed for dla but was told that i didnt qualify for it.
i was just wondering if anyone else on here has crohns and if so, have they been successful in claiming dla.
they dont seem to see it as a disability even tho it is a 'disease' and is also life threating.
thanks in advance
vicky
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  • GlasweJenGlasweJen Forumite
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    Hi Vicky, it isn't the diagnosis or the prognosis that matters, it's the care and mobility needs of the applicant. Do you have any care needs as a result of Crohns? i.e. can you wash/dress yourself, prepare a meal, get to and from the toilet ok etc? Also can you walk and if so how far? Do you need supervised when you're out walking? Do you need motivated to care for yourself? That's what DLA is about.
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  • Cat695Cat695 Forumite
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    I have crohns disease and get nothing.....I'm also in the Army

    it all depends on how bad you actually are with it. it seems then when I stopped taking my medicine I actually got better rather than worse....though sadly still no cure

    A friend of mine had crohns very bad (bowl split and had quite a bit removed) yet she still doesn't get anything.
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  • Hi my dad has lots of medical problems and one of them is crohns disease, he suffers every single day with it he gets higher rate dla for it, i also applied for a grant and had a lovely extension with a downstairs bedroom shower n toilet fitted and its the best thing that weve had done it has made life a little easier, crohns sufferers keep tryin!:T
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    hutchy78 wrote: »
    Hi my dad has lots of medical problems and one of them is crohns disease, he suffers every single day with it he gets higher rate dla for it, i also applied for a grant and had a lovely extension with a downstairs bedroom shower n toilet fitted and its the best thing that weve had done it has made life a little easier, crohns sufferers keep tryin!:T

    As others have said it is how well a person manages their daily life that is the indicator for DLA, not the disease itself. If your Father's medical conditions combined mean he cannot fully care for himself then yes DLA will be paid as appropriate for the level of assistance, and whether it is daily or overnight as well.

    Crohn's is not one of the admittedly few chronic illnesses that gives an automatic entitlement to benefit. Like some of the others have stated many, possibly most sufferer's manage a full active life, I work with several people who have it and my own cousin holds down a full time job with no more sick leave than her colleagues.
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  • my sister suffered with Crohn's disease ,since she was 22 ,
    was in constant pain all her life,ended up in icu for 3 months,
    she only got dla mobility , but no care dla
    i lost my lovely sister last march aged 54,
    so even tho she deserved the care dla she wasnt awarded it,
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