Descriptors for PIP Daily Living Activities

1 Preparing Food

A

can prepare and cook a simple meal unaided 

0

B

needs to use an aid or appliance to able to either prepare or cook a simple meal

2

C

cannot cook a simple meal using a conventional cooker but is able to do so using a microwave

2

D

needs prompting to be able to either prepare or cook a simple meal                                   

2

E

needs supervision to either prepare or cook a simple meal

4

F

cannot prepare and cook food 

8

2 Taking Nutrition

A

can take nutrition unaided

0

B

needs –

 

 

[1] to use an aid or appliance to be able to take nutrition; or

[2] supervision to be able to take nutrition; or

[3] assistance to be able to cut up food                                                                                          

2

C

needs a therapeutic source to be able to take nutrition

2

D

needs prompting to be able to take nutrition

4

E

needs assistance to be able to manage a therapeutic source to take nutrition

6

F

cannot convey food and drink to their mouth and needs another person to do so

10

3 Managing Therapy or Monitoring a health condition

A

either –

 

 

[1] dose not receive medication or therapy or needs to monitor a health condition; or

[2] can manage medication or therapy or monitor a health condition unaided                        

0

B

needs any one or more of the following

 

 

[1] to use an aid or appliance to be able to manage medication;

[2] supervision, prompting or assistance to be able to manage medication;

[3] supervision, prompting or assistance to be able to monitor a health condition.

1

C

needs supervision, prompting or assistance to be able to manage therapy that takes no more than 3.5 hours a week

2

D

needs supervision, prompting or assistance to be able to manage therapy that takes more than 3.5 hours than 7 hours a week’s

4

E

need supervision, prompting or assistance to be able to manage therapy that takes more than 7 but no more than 14 hours a week 

6

F

needs supervision, prompting or assistance to be able to manage therapy that takes more than 14 hours a week                                                                                                                           

8

4 washing and bathing   

A

can wash and bath unaided

0

B

needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to wash or bathe

2

C

needs supervision or prompting to be able to wash or bathe

2

D

needs assistance to be able to wash either their hair or body below the waist

2

E

needs assistance to be able to get in or out of a bath or shower

3

F

needs assistance to be able to wash their body between the shoulders and waist

4

G

cannot wash and bathe at all and needs another person to wash their entire body 

8

5 managing toilet needs or incontinence

A

can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided

0

B

needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to manage toilet needs or incontinence

2

C

needs supervision or prompting to be able to manage toilet needs

2

D

needs assistance to be able to manage toilet needs

4

E

needs assistance to be able to manage incontinence of either bladder or bowel                

6

F

needs assistance to be able to manage incontinence of both bladder and bowel               

8

 6 dressing and undressing

A

can dress and undress unaided

0

B

needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to dress and undress

2

C

needs either

 

 

[1] prompting to be able to dress undress or determine appropriate circumstances for remaining clothed; or

[2] prompting or assistance to be able to select appropriate clothing                                                 

2

D

needs assistance to be able to dress or undress their lower body

2

E

needs assistance to be able to dress or undress their upper body

4

F

cannot dress or undress at all

8

7 communicating verbally

A

can express and understand information unaided

0

B

needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to speak or hear

2

C

needs communication support to be able to express or understand complex verbal information

4

D

needs communication support to be able to express or understand basic verbal information

8

E

cannot express or understand verbal information at all with communication support

12

8 reading and understanding signs symbols and words

A

can read and understand basic and complex written information either unaided or using spectacles or contact lenses

0

B

needs to use an aid or appliance other than spectacles or contact lenses, to be able to read or understand either basic or complex written information

2

C

needs prompting to be able to read or understand complex written information

2

D

needs prompting to be able to read or understand basic written information

4

E

cannot read or understand signs symbols or words at all

8

9 engaging face to face

A

can engage with other people unaided

0

B

needs prompting to be able to engage with other people

2

C

needs social support to be able to engage with other people

4

D

cannot engage with other people due to such engagement causing either

 

 

[1] overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant; or

[2] the claimant to exhibit behaviour which would result in substantial risk of harm to the claimant or another person

8

10 making budgeting decisions

A

can manage complex budgeting decisions unaided

0

B

needs prompting or assistance to be able to make complex budgeting decisions

2

C

needs prompting or assistance to be able to make simple budgeting decisions

4

D

cannot make any budgeting decisions at all

6

Mobility activities

1 planning and following journeys

A

can plan and follow the route of a journey unaided

0

B

needs prompting to be able to undertake any journey to avoid overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant

4

C

for reasons other than psychological distress cannot plan the route of a journey

8

D

for reasons other than psychological distress cannot follow the route of an unfamiliar journey without another person’s assistance dog or orientation aid

10

E

cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming distress to the claimant

10

F

for reasons other than psychological distress cannot follow the route of a familiar journey without another person an assistance dog or orientation aid

12

 

2 moving around       

A

can stand and then move more than 200 metres either aided or unaided

0

B

can stand and then move more than 50 meters but no more than 200 meters either aided or unaided

4

C

can stand and then move unaided more than 20 metres but no more than 50 meters

8

D

can stand and then move using an aid or appliance more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres

10

E

can stand and then move more than 1 metre but no more than 20 meters either aided or unaided

12

F

cannot either aided or unaided

 

 

[1] stand or

[2] move more than 1 metre                 

12