The formidable form

Believe it or not Lottie and I have spent the last two weeks drowning under a pile of paper, as we struggled to complete an official form. It is done now, but we reached growling point a long time ago, because the dratted thing was quite horribly difficult and was taking up all our time and keeping us away from novel 31 which is what we really wanted to write and was calling loudly to us.

I have never liked filling in forms at the best of times and this one was the worst I’ve ever tried to tackle. For a start it was twenty nine pages long, which is twenty eight pages too many for me and every single one of its horrendous pages required checking my medical history and the files full of my medical records and other boring things like that. After the first day I was wondering why on earth I’d decided to fill the damn thing in, in the first place.

So let me begin at the beginning, which I do try to do. It began with a kindly thought from my two daughters who had been considering the position I’m now in being ninety and had decided that it was about time I had some state funding for all the help I now need and pay for. It takes both my daughters and my granddaughter Lottie to look after me now, what with pills and dizzy turns, doctors appointments, hospital appointments and plenty else besides as – not to put too fine a point on it – I steadily disintegrate. I’ve tried quite hard not to let it impede on the things that Lottie and I are writing, like novels and these blogs, which are fun, but I have to admit that the day to day family running of an antique takes time and effort and money and my savings are now running low.

So we applied for the form and have slogged at it ever since it arrived in the house and now it’s done thank God and sent off to the Department of Work and Pensions so that they can wade through it and decide whether I’m a suitable candidate for assistance or not.

But it’s given me considerable food for thought. I can’t be the only, elderly wreck who has done battle with the formidable form and I’ve had three people helping me with it. There must be lots of other oldies out there who try to tackle it on their own, because they have no-one to help them. And I really don’t know how any of them could possibly do it and I suspect that most will simply give up after a few pages and therefore not get the funding to pay for the help they need. And that does make me wonder – cynical old boot that I am – whether the point of the exercise might not be to deter too many applicants. And that makes me wonder how the people in need can really be helped.

Or maybe we’ve just all got to sit at home and wait to be culled. As Jeremy Warner suggested in an article published in The Telegraph on March 3rd 2020, ‘COVID-19 might even prove mildly beneficial in the long term by disproportionately culling elderly dependents.’ 

Ain’t it nice to feel valued!! Oh woe. But now at last Lottie and I can go back to the final chapters of our current book and finish it off, which is a lovely thought to end this on and we’ve just seen our favourite green woodpecker in the garden which has cheered us up no end.

Fun one next time, I promise!

5 thoughts on “The formidable form

  1. Totally agree and I am convinced that it is a deliberate strategy to overwhelm the applicant to deter the claim. Likewise getting any assessment for eligibility arranged; for my mother who is 91 we applied in Aug 2020 and called every week until finally a decision happened in December and the money in Mar 2021. 7 months!!

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  2. We’ll done Fellow Beryl! Yes we’ve filled in one of those for my mother in law, know just what you mean. Definitely it’s to put you off!

    We’ll have no one to help us, that’s why, at our great age, we’ve redone our wills and powers of attorney. Ours were done so long ago, they were out of date. These strange times, definitely concentrate your mind on the thought of dying!

    It’s lovely that you have green woodpeckers, we used to have a pair, but they’ve disappeared.

    Take care Love Beryl XX

    Sent from my iPad


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  3. Oh, yes Beryl, we did that form for both my Mother and Mother-in-law. Was a 29 page document 15 years ago and if I remember correctly, if one mistake or error of any sort it was rejected and another month wasted! As both our mothers were involved in WW2 work, it seemed only right that the government would care for them in old age. However with that thought, I will never be entitled to anything extra on top of my state pension!

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  4. One of the few things under our health care in the US that is beneficial is that a friend or relative CAN be paid for providing non live-in assistance but not sure it would work for higher income individuals even if retired.

    If I can myself navigate all of the Covid requirements I will be in London July 7 to return home July 31. I am trying to arrange Covid test delivery in London at the flats and it’s a nightmare!!!


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