Activities of Daily Living

What are Activities of Daily Living?

Activities of Daily Living, or ADL, is one of the functional areas the Social Security Administration (SSA) will examine in order to determine whether or not you can be considered disabled. These activities include everyday activities that most people take for granted, such as personal grooming or performing chores around the house. SSA will provide you with a form to fill out, on which you are to explain in detail your ability to complete these daily activities.

The Social Security Administration looks at your ability to carry out these everyday tasks to determine how well you could perform similar actions in a workplace. Having guidance during this portion of the disability application process is important because there are several common mistakes you could make which could potentially contribute to your claim being denied if the SSA reads what you wrote and decides you are physically fit enough to work. In addition to this, SSA will ask you to provide references, who they may contact in order to get their perspective on your ADLs. Therefore, it’s very important that you tell your references that you are listing them on the form beforehand. Make sure to also explain the full extent of your disability to them so their perspective Provides an accurate picture of your capabilities.

Establishing your ADL and filling out the associated form can be a daunting task. That’s why it’s advisable that you receive professional guidance from one of our expert disability advocates. They can not only assist you with filling out this form, but they can also prevent you from making small mistakes which could contribute to your claim being denied.

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