It’s important to understand that ‘aid or appliance’ has a particular legal definition for the purposes of personal independence payment (PIP). The law states that "aid or appliance":

  1. means a device to improve, provide or replace a physical or mental function;
  2. includes a prosthesis; and
  3. does not include an aid or appliance ordinarily used by a person without a physical or mental condition which limits that person’s ability to carry out daily living or mobility activities.

Aid or appliance is relevant to a number of personal independence payment activities, including:


  1. Preparing food
  2. Taking nutrition.
  3. Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition.
  4. Washing and bathing.
  5. Managing toilet needs or incontinence.
  6. Dressing and undressing.
  7. Communicating verbally.
  8. Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words.


  1. Moving around.

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