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How to fill out the Adult Function Report for Social Security Disability

When you file a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim, the paperwork involved can seem endless. Not long after you file, you can expect to receive the Adult Function Report (also known as the Activities of Daily Living — ADL — questionnaire).

Understanding more about the purpose of this form and how to complete it can make this part of your claim much easier. Here’s what you need to know:

This form is designed to capture a clear picture of your limitations

The AFR asks numerous, detailed questions about what you do each day from the time you get up until you go to bed again. It asks about ordinary activities that people do all the time — like shopping, cleaning, taking care of pets and managing their personal hygiene.

The purpose of the AFR is to give the disability examiner a clearer picture of exactly how your disability or disabilities affect your life. This insight is important because it’s rare for two people with the same conditions to have exactly the same symptoms and limitations.

The more clearly you illustrate your life in detail, the better

To help your claim, you want to be as concrete as possible with every answer you give. For example, maybe your depression causes you to skip showers and regular grooming until your spouse nudges you into action. When you’re answering the questions about your personal needs, make sure that you explain how often that happens.

You also want to focus on how often your condition limits you. Most people have “good” days where they’re able to function fairly well, despite their problems. You want to illustrate what it’s like on your bad days.

Obtaining Social Security Disability benefits isn’t easy. If you’re struggling to get your claim approved, it may be time to talk to an attorney.