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What is Activities of Daily Living?

Definition of Activities of Daily Living

The Social Security Administration evaluates activities which may be affected by a claimant's mental health disorder. Included in the mental health evaluation is the category activities of daily living which, according to the Social Security Administration can include, adaptive activities such as cleaning, shopping, cooking, taking public transportation, paying bills, maintaining a residence, grooming and hygiene, using telephones and directories and using a post office. The Social Security Administration will assess a claimant's ability to maintain, participate in and initiate each of these activities independently. If the claimant can not sustain these activities at an appropriate level, without unreasonable supervision, the Social Security Disability claimant may also be unable to sustain work-related activities.

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