Last updated
22 Nov 2021

Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?

How do I answer this question?

It is up to you to consider how your day-to-day activities are limited by your disability or health problem. Include mental health problems and problems related to old age. You should choose the response that you feel best describes your situation.

I am not sure of the level of my health problem or disability. How do I answer?

Try to think about how limited your day-to-day activities are after you have taken any medication or treatment.

For example, you may be hard of hearing and use a hearing aid. Think about how limited your activities are when you are wearing your hearing aid.

Some days I feel more able to do things than on other days. How do I answer?

If, on some days you feel better or worse, then you should answer based on how you feel most of the time. 

What are day-to-day activities?

Day-to-day activities are everyday things, for example:

  • eating
  • bathing / washing and dressing
  • walking or using stairs
  • lifting
  • gripping objects such as cutlery
  • using public or private transport
  • household cleaning
  • remembering to pay bills

I am not sure how long my health problem will last. How do I answer?

If you have a health problem that has lasted less than 12 months, answer based on how long you expect the condition to last.

I am answering for someone else. How do I answer?

If you are answering on behalf of someone else, where possible you should ask them how they want to answer. If they are away, select the answer you think they would choose.

Why is this question asked?

Answers to this question provide the only measure of long-term health problems or disability in small areas. The data are used to:

  • support policy development
  • measure healthy life expectancy
  • allocate resources for care of the elderly

Who should answer this question?

Everyone should answer this question.

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