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The Personal Independence Payment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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PART 1Interpretation

In this Schedule—

“aided” means with—

(a)

the use of an aid or appliance; or

(b)

supervision, prompting or assistance;

“assistance” means physical intervention by another person and does not include speech;

“assistance dog” means a dog trained to guide or assist a person with a sensory impairment;

“basic verbal information” means information in C’s native language conveyed verbally in a simple sentence;

“basic written information” means signs, symbols and dates written or printed standard size text in C’s native language;

“bathe” includes get into or out of an unadapted bath or shower;

“communication support” means support from a person trained or experienced in communicating with people with specific communication needs, including interpreting verbal information into non-verbal form and vice versa;

“complex budgeting decisions” means decisions involving—

(a)

calculating household and personal budgets;

(b)

managing and paying bills; and

(c)

planning future purchases;

“complex verbal information” means information in C’s native language conveyed verbally in either more than one sentence or one complicated sentence;

“complex written information” means more than one sentence of written or printed standard size text in C’s native language;

“cook” means heat food at or above waist height;

“dress and undress” includes put on and take off socks and shoes;

“engage socially” means—

(a)

interact with others in a contextually and socially appropriate manner;

(b)

understand body language; and

(c)

establish relationships;

“manage incontinence” means manage involuntary evacuation of the bowel or bladder, including use a collecting device or self-catheterisation, and clean oneself afterwards;

“manage medication or therapy” means take medication or undertake therapy, where a failure to do so is likely to result in a deterioration in C’s health;

“medication” means medication to be taken at home which is prescribed or recommended by a registered—

(a)

doctor;

(b)

nurse; or

(c)

pharmacist;

“monitor health” means—

(a)

detect significant changes in C’s health condition which are likely to lead to a deterioration in C’s health; and

(b)

take action advised by a—

(i)

registered doctor,

(ii)

registered nurse,

(iii)

social worker regulated by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, or

(iv)

health professional who is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council,

without which C’s health is likely to deteriorate;

“orientation aid” means a specialist aid designed to assist disabled people to follow a route safely;

“prepare”, in the context of food, means make food ready for cooking or eating;

“prompting” means reminding, encouraging or explaining by another person;

“psychological distress” means distress related to an enduring mental health condition or an intellectual or cognitive impairment;

“read” includes read signs, symbols and words but does not include read Braille;

“simple budgeting decisions” means decisions involving—

(a)

calculating the cost of goods; and

(b)

calculating change required after a purchase;

“simple meal” means a cooked one-course meal for one using fresh ingredients;

“social support” means support from a person trained or experienced in assisting people to engage in social situations;

“stand” means stand upright with at least one biological foot on the ground;

“supervision” means the continuous presence of another person for the purpose of ensuring C’s safety;

“take nutrition” means—

(a)

cut food into pieces, convey food and drink to one’s mouth and chew and swallow food and drink; or

(b)

take nutrition by using a therapeutic source;

“therapeutic source” means parenteral or enteral tube feeding, using a rate-limiting device such as a delivery system or feed pump;

“therapy” means therapy to be undertaken at home which is prescribed or recommended by a—

(a)

registered doctor;

(b)

registered nurse;

(c)

registered pharmacist;

(d)

social worker regulated by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council; or

(e)

health professional regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council;

“toilet needs” means—

(a)

getting on and off an unadapted toilet;

(b)

evacuating the bladder and bowel; and

(c)

cleaning oneself afterwards;

“unaided” means without—

(a)

the use of an aid or appliance; or

(b)

supervision, prompting or assistance.

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