HOW TO FILL OUT ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING FORM
Wondering how to fill out SSA’s “Activities of Daily Living Form?” Every claimant who files an application for benefits has to fill out this form. At first, it appears that the questions are easy. After all, the questions are about what you do every day. However, many people struggle to complete the form. We can help you fill out this form correctly.
TIPS ON HOW TO COMPLETE THE ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING FORM
When completing SSA’S ADL Form, remember that the Social Security Administration is reading this form to determine if the activities you are doing coincide with the disability you have. This means fill the form out as to how you are doing now. Not how you were in the past when you could work. The form is not a questionnaire about your past accomplishments. It is not a resume or a chance for you to tell others how you used to do things. The form is about your limitations. When answering the questions, keep in mind your current physical and mental conditions and the limitations you have. If you don’t write about your limitations, the SSA will use your answers on the phone to prove that you can work.
For example, there is a question asking about your hobbies. Do not answer that question by writing down the hobbies you used to do. People are always stating that they like hiking, hunting, or riding horses. They will write these things down even though they haven’t done them in years. Those may have been your hobbies in the past, but if you can no longer do these things, then don’t write them down.
Instead, simply say your Social Security Disability prevents you from doing your old hobbies. For example, if you have a back impairment, you can no longer ride horses, ski, hike, or hunt, but if you write those items down as your hobby, the SSA will believe you can still do those things. If you can still ski, hike, hunt or ride ATV’s, then you can probably still work. Keep that in mind.
IF YOU NEED HELP PERFORMING YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES, SAY SO
Another smart thing to include in your ADL form is if you need help doing daily chores. For example, if someone in your family drives you to the store or needs to shop for you because you cannot lift, then write that down. If a friend does your laundry because you can’t carry it, then put that on the form. The form is about what you cannot do anymore because of your disability, not about what you used to be able to do. For further tips or questions on completing the ADL form, call us. Or, contact Cannon Disability Law. We can help you win your disability benefits.
Other crucial things to include on the SSA form is whether you need a cane or walker. These items are called assistive devices. If you have a shower chair or have installed bars in your shower or bathtub, you could include that on the form. Sometimes people with disabilities have special chairs that help them stand up or they spend the day in a recliner. Write that down. Did you have to install a ramp to your front door? Or, did you have to buy a new car because you can no longer drive a stick shift? Include that information on the form. Did you have to buy a new house because you needed a house that was all on one level with no stairs? Write it down on the form.
If you lose a copy of your ADL form, you can find it on the SSA website. If you contact our office, we can also provide you a copy. Likewise, you can pick up a paper copy at the local Social Security office near your home. Failure to complete the form will delay your case.
CANNON DISABILITY LAW CAN HELP YOU COMPLETE YOUR ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING FORM
Cannon Disability Law cannot complete your ADL form for you. However, we can answer your questions about SSA’s forms and help you understand the questions. The SSA forms are the same in every state. Whether you live in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, or California, you will be sent the same form as every person who applies for benefits. Try to remember that the SSA is evaluating whether or not you can work, despite your disability.
When they read your answers to their questions, they are wondering if you can work an eight hour day, forty hours a week. If you can no longer hike or go on long walks, make sure you tell the SSA. If you can’t lift more than 10 pounds, due to back pain or some other impairment, make sure you write that down. The SSA is not interested in what you used to do. They only care about what you can or can’t do now.
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