How to Complete an Adult Function Report?

How to Complete an Adult Function Report?

In every disability case, the Social Security Administration is trying to determine the functional limitations of the individual applying for benefits. In order to properly evaluate functional limitations of the individual applying for benefits, the SSA mails out an Adult Function Report for the individual applying for benefits to complete. Our clients often wonder if the Adult Function Report has to be completed. Additionally, the SSA should already have medical records and this should be enough to support a disability. In a perfect world this would be the case. However, if you do not complete the Adult Function Report, the SSA would automatically deny your disability claim for insufficient evidence. Again, the SSA has to determine your functional limitations. Therefore, the basic concept of the Adult Function Report is to determine how you spend your day and what types of daily activities you engage in. This matters because if you are suffering from a disability that is preventing you from working it would also affect how you spend your day and your daily activities. Do not be discouraged when you receive the Adult Function Report. It does contain several pages, but the questions are not difficult. The questions include, but are not limited to your ability to cook, clean, complete the laundry, groom yourself, and your hobbies. Remember there is no right or wrong answer, but try to be consistent with your answers. The Adult Function Report will ask you the same questions in different ways, so it is not as overwhelming as it may seem. Please find some suggestions below:
  • The questions should not be answered based on your worst day or best day, but a typical day. Almost all medical conditions allow for some good days and some bad days, but the SSA is only concerned with what your typical days are like.
 
  • Try to give specific answers. For example, if you can take a shower on a regular basis, but need help from a family member make sure that you put this information in the Adult Function Report. If you need help with your grooming, you must make sure that you put this information in your Adult Function Report.
 
  • Specifically answering questions means indicating in the Adult Function Report how long you can perform household chores or daily activities. If you can clean for ten minutes and then have to take a thirty minute break, you must indicate this in the Adult Function Report. Do not assume that the SSA understands how your medical condition should limit your ability to perform household chores and daily activities. The SSA will likely assume that you can do more activities if you are not specific and detailed with your answers.
 
  • In the additional comments or remarks section of the Adult Function Report, you can indicate how often you have good days and how often you have bad days. Additionally, you can also include what you are able to perform or complete on these good days and bad days. If you are responding to particular questions, you must ensure that you are noting the specific questions that you are responding to.
Overall, you want to make sure you do not exaggerate what you are able to do or not able to do.  Try to give specific examples and be completely truthful on the form.  This will help give your statements the most weight with Social Security’s examiners.