Social Security Disability SSI and Activities of Daily Living
Social Security Disability programs are based upon functional ability rather than a specific medical condition or mental condition. This means that they are looking to see how your medical or mental condition prevents you from performing activities that affect your ability to work at a SGA level.
One of the ways that Social Security Disability examiners evaluate the effect your disabling condition has on your ability to work is to look at how your condition affects your ability to do routine daily activities.
Routine activities of daily living might include, but are not limited to, performing household chores, driving, shopping, fixing your own meals, socializing, visiting family and friends, ability to handle money, perform your own personal grooming and hygiene, pay your own bills, etc. Activities of daily living are just activities you might do in a normal day.
Social Security Disability examiners gather this information most often through activities of daily living questionnaires (you complete this questionnaire) and third party questionnaires (the third party person you provided during your disability interview or on your disability report form). The information contained in these questionnaires help a disability examiner who has never met you make a determination as to what your functional capacity might be.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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