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Activities of Daily Living

The disability examiner typically will ask you, or third parties, questions about your ability to perform ADL to determine whether or not you can be employed.

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you may be asked questions about your Activities of Daily Living otherwise known as ADL.

ADL are the things most people engage in as a requirement of daily living. This may include personal hygiene (bathing, dressing), meal preparation (breakfast, lunch, dinner), shopping (grocery and other shopping), and household chores (doing the dishes, cleaning your home, and doing laundry.)

The disability examiner typically will ask you, or third parties, questions about your ability to perform ADL to determine whether or not you can be employed. For example, if you are able to vacuum your house, clean your bathrooms, and do your laundry; then you might be able to do other work activities.

The disability examiner will often make ADL calls to your friends, relatives, neighbors and sometimes even your past employer.

It is important you provide accurate information as to what you can or cannot do and keep your friends, neighbors, and relatives you have listed as third parties informed as to what your limitations may be.

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