NEED FOR ASSISTANCE IN EVERY DAY ACTIVITIES - QUESTIONS 20, 21, 22 & 23
WHY ARE THEY ASKED?
Some people need assistance to perform everyday activities and participate in community life.
Understanding the number of people requiring assistance or supervision, whether due to a long-term health condition, ageing or disability, provides a picture of the level of assistance needed in particular areas.
This information will assist in the planning of local facilities and services, such as in-home support, respite care, and in the provision of information and support to carers.
HOW TO ANSWER
Q20, Q21, Q22 These questions refer to the extra help or supervision needed by someone because of a disability, long-term illness or old age. This includes help with bathing, dressing, toileting and feeding; help to get out of bed, up from a chair, or to move around; or help to understand or be understood by others. Do not include driving or being driven.
If a person cannot do a task at all, for example, is confined to bed or cannot communicate, then they should mark ‘Yes, always’.
For young children for whom assistance with daily activities is the same as for most other children of the same age, mark the most appropriate responses in Q20, Q21 and Q22, and then mark 'Old or young age' in Q23.
Q23 This question refers to the responses the person gave in Q20, Q21, Q22.
If ‘No’ was marked for all of the previous three questions, then mark ‘No need for help or supervision’. Otherwise mark all of the reasons that assistance is needed.
For young children, mark ‘Old or young age’ only if the need is similar to most other children of the same age.
Where a person needs assistance with communication due to difficulties with English, and if the need for assistance would not be present when communicating in their own language, mark ‘Difficulty with English language’.