Daily living component
To get the standard rate of the daily living component, your ability to undertake certain specified day-to-day activities must be limited by your health or disability. To get the enhanced rate, your ability to undertake the activities must be severely limited.
You are assessed on your ability to carry out the following activities:
•preparing food. If you cannot prepare and cook a simple meal yourself, you can score points;
•managing your therapy or monitoring your health condition;
•washing and bathing;
•managing your toilet needs or incontinence;
•dressing and undressing;
•communicating verbally. If you need to use an aid to help you speak or hear, you can score two points; if you need a British Sign Language interpreter to help you understand or express information, you can score four to eight points, depending on the help you need;
•reading and understanding signs, symbols and words. If you need help to read, or need to use an appliance or aid (other than glasses or contact lenses), you can score points;
•engaging face-to-face with other people;
•making budgeting decisions. You can score points if your disability means you need help with budgeting.