Assessment of Injury Impact on Daily Living
While all ERS FCE’s assess a person’s Activities of Daily Living (ADL) capacities and/or limitations to perform personal care, homemaking and home maintenance, child care, sports and recreation activities, these parameters may be the sole focus of the evaluation for non-employed persons such as homemakers, retired or elderly persons.
How Do I Determine if I Need An Activities of Daily Living/Quality of Life Evaluation?
- For non-working, retired persons or children who have sustained injuries
- When the injury impact is more on a non-occupational factor, e.g. homemaking, childcare, or a recreational endeavor
- When in-home evaluations with video footage can clearly illustrate the impact of the injury on your injured client’s abilities to perform once routine ADL tasks
- Occupational therapists are known for their skills in assessing function along a continuum. Performing these evaluations in a person’s home helps to best appreciate the limitations posed on the injured/disabled person’s abilities to perform once routine daily tasks, and how this impacts their overall quality of life.
Ellen Rader Smith
MA, OTR, CVE, CPE
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