Activity need for assistance disability code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Value Domain|
|Synonymous names:||Activity need for assistance|
|Registration status:||Disability, Standard 15/12/2017|
A code set representing the level of need for assistance in executing a task or action.
|Maximum character length:||1|
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
CODE 1 Unable to do or always needs help/supervision in this life area
CODE 2 Sometimes needs help/supervision in this life area
CODE 3 Does not need help/supervision but uses aids or equipment
CODE 4 Does not need help/supervision and does not use aids or equipment
CODE 5 Not applicable
For the purposes of this collection use this code only when the person is in the following age ranges:
This metadata item contributes to the definition of the concept Disability and gives an indication of the experience of disability for a person.
In the context of health, an activity is the execution of a task or action by an individual. Activity limitations are difficulties an individual may have in executing an activity.
Activity limitation varies with the environment and is assessed in relation to a particular environment; the absence or presence of assistance, including aids and equipment, is an aspect of the environment.
This value domain records the level of a person's need for help or supervision, in a specified domain, in their overall life. This means that the need for assistance may not be directly relevant to the health or community care service being provided.
Where a life area includes a range of examples, (e.g. domestic life includes cooking, cleaning and shopping), if a person requires assistance in any of the areas then the highest level of assistance should be recorded.
Where support needs vary markedly over time (e.g. episodic psychiatric disability), record the level of support needed during the reference week.
Interpreters for language are considered to provide personal assistance, and are not considered aids and/or equipment.
Animals used for personal mobility (i.e. guide dogs and companion animals) are considered to be aids and/or equipment. Also included in this category are prosthetic and orthotic devices, wheelchairs, transfer devices etc.
Activity is limited when an individual, in the context of a health condition, either has need for assistance in performing an activity in an expected manner, or cannot perform the activity at all.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Activity need for assistance disability code N Disability, Superseded 15/12/2017, Community Services (retired), Standard 13/03/2013
|Data elements implementing this value domain:|
Person—need for assistance with activities in a life area, disability code N Disability, Standard 15/12/2017