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PostSubject: Atos Descriptors   Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:13 am

Activity 1 Walking on level ground with a walking stick or other aid if such aid is normally used.

Description

1a Cannot walk at all 15
1b Cannot walk more than a few steps 15
1c Cannot walk more than 50 metres without stopping or
severe discomfort 15
1d Cannot walk more than 200 metres without stopping or
severe discomfort 7
1e Cannot walk more than 400 metres without stopping or
severe discomfort 3
1 Cannot walk more than 800 metres without stopping or
severe discomfort 0
1g No problem 0

Activity 2 Walking up and down stairs

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2a Cannot walk up and down one stair 15
2b Cannot walk up and down a flight of 12 stairs 15
2c Cannot walk up and down a flight of 12 stairs without
holding on and taking a rest 7
2d Cannot walk up and down a flight of 12 stairs without
holding on 3
2e Can only walk up and down a flight of 12 stairs if he goes
sideways or one step at a time 3
2f No problem 0

Activity 3 Sitting in and upright chair with a back but no arms

Description

3a Cannot sit comfortably 15
3b Cannot sit comfortably for more than 10 minutes without
having to move from the chair 15
3c Cannot sit comfortably for more than 30 minutes without
having to move from the chair 7
3d Cannot sit comfortably for more than 1 hour without
having to move from the chair 3
3e Cannot sit comfortably for more than 2 hours without
having to move from the chair 0
3f No problem 0

Activity 4 Standing without the support of another person or the use of an aid except a walking stick

Description

4a Cannot stand unassisted 15
4b Cannot stand for more than a minute before needing
to sit down 15
4c Cannot stand for more than 10 minutes before needing
to sit down 15
4d Cannot stand for more than 30 minutes before needing
to sit down 7
4e Cannot stand for more than 10 minutes before needing
to move around 7
4f Cannot stand for more than 30 minutes before needing
to move around 3
4g No problem 0

Activity 5 Rising from sitting in an upright chair with a back but no arms without the help of another person

Description

5a Cannot rise from sitting to standing 15
5b Cannot rise from sitting to standing without holding on
to something 7
5c Sometimes cannot rise from sitting to standing 3
5d No problem 0

Activity 6 Bending and kneeling

Description

6a Cannot bend to touch knees and straighten up again 15
6b Cannot either bend or kneel as if to pick up a piece of
paper from the floor and straighten up again 15
6c Sometimes cannot either bend or kneel, or bend and kneel
as if to pick up a piece of paper from the floor and straighten
up again 3
6d No Problem 0

Activity 7 Manual dexterity

Description

7a Cannot turn the pages of a book with either hand 15
7b Cannot turn on sink tap or the control knobs of a cooker on
with either hand 15
7c Cannot pick up a coin which is 2.5 cms or less in diameter
with either hand 15
7d Cannot use a pen or pencil 15
7e Cannot tie a bow in laces or string 10
7f Cannot turn o sink tap or the control knobs of a cooker on
with one hand but can with the other 6
7g Cannot pick up a coin which is 2.5 cms or less in diameter
with one hand but can with the other 6
7h No problem 0

Activity 8 Lifting and carrying by the use of upper body and arms

Description

8a Cannot pick up a paper back book with either hand 15
8b Cannot pick up and carry a 0.5 Litre carton of milk with
either hand 15
8c Cannot pick up and pour from a full saucepan or kettle of
1.7 Litre capacity with either hand 15
8d Cannot pick up and carry a 2.5 Kg bag of potatoes with
either hand 8
8e Cannot pick up and carry a 0.5 Litre carton of milk with one
hand but can with the other 6
8f Cannot pick up and carry a 2.5 Kg bag of potatoes with one
hand but can with the other 6
8g No problem 0

Activity 9 Reaching

Description

9a Cannot raise either arm as if to put something in the top
pocket of a coat or jacket 15
9b Cannot raise either arm to his head as if to put on a hat 15
9c Cannot put either arm behind back as if to put on a coat or
Jacket 15
9d Cannot raise either arm above his head as if to reach for
Something 15
9e Cannot raise one arm to his head as if to put on a hat, but
can with the other 6
9f Cannot raise one arm above his head as if to reach for
something, but can with the other 0
9g No problem 0

Activity 10 Speech

Description

10a Cannot speak 15
10 b Speech cannot be understood by family or friends 15
10c Speech cannot be understood by strangers 15
10d Strangers have great difficulty understanding speech 10
10e Strangers have some difficulty understanding speech 8
10f No problem 0

Activity 11 Hearing

Description

11a Cannot hear sounds at all 15
11b Cannot hear well enough to follow a T.V. programme
with the volume turned up 15
11c Cannot hear well enough to understand someone talking
in a loud voice in a quiet room 15
11d Cannot hear well enough to understand someone talking
in a normal voice in a quiet room 10
11e Cannot hear well enough to understand someone talking
in a normal voice on a busy street 8
11f No problem 0

Activity 12 Vision

Description

12a Cannot tell light from dark 15
12b Cannot see the shape of furniture in the room 15
12c Cannot see well enough to read 16 point print at a distance
greater than 20 centimetres 15
12d Cannot see well enough to recognise a friend across the
room at a distance of at least 5 metres 12
12e Cannot see well enough to recognise a friend across the
road at a distance of at least 15 metres 8
12f No problem 0

Activity 13 Continence (other than enuresis)

Description

13a No voluntary control over bowels 15
13b No voluntary control over bladder 15
13c Loses control of bowels at least once a week 15
13d Loses control of bowels at least once a month 15
13e Loses control of bowels occasionally 9
13f Loses control of bladder at least once a month 3
13g Loses control of bladder occasionally 0
13h No problem with continence

Activity 14 Remaining conscious other than for normal periods of sleep

Description

14a Has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness
at least once a day 15
14b Has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness
at least once a week 15
14c Has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness
at least once a month 15
14d Has had an involuntary episode of lost or altered
consciousness at least twice in the 6 months before the day in
respect to which it falls to be determined whether he is incapable
of work for the purposes of any entitlement to any benefit,
allowance or advantage 12
14e Has had an involuntary episode of lost or altered
consciousness at least once in the 6 months before the day in
respect to which it falls to be determined whether he is incapable
of work for the purposes of any entitlement to any benefit,
allowance or advantage 8
14f Has had an involuntary episode of lost or altered
consciousness at least once in the 3 years before the day in
respect to which it falls to be determined whether he is incapable
of work for the purposes of any entitlement to any benefit,
allowance or advantage 0
14g No problem 0
Mental Disabilities

Activity 15 Completion of tasks

Description

15a Cannot answer the telephone and reliably take a message 2
15b Often sits for hours doing nothing 2
15c Cannot concentrate to read a magazine article or follow a
radio/television programme 1
15d Cannot use a telephone book or other directory to find a
Number 1
15e Mental condition prevents undertaking leisure activities
previously enjoyed 1
15f Overlooks or forgets the risk posed by domestic appliances
or other common hazards due to poor concentration 1
15g Agitation, confusion or forgetfulness has resulted in
(potentially dangerous) accidents in the 3 months before the
day in respect to which it falls to be determined whether he is
incapable of work for the purposes of any entitlement to any
benefit, allowance or advantage 1
15h Concentration can only be sustained by prompting 1

Activity 16 Daily living

Description

16a Needs encouragement to get up and dress 2
16b Needs alcohol before midday 2
16c Is frequently distressed at some time of the day due to
fluctuation of mood 1
16d Does not care about his appearance and living conditions 1
16e Sleep problems interfere with his daytime activities 1

Activity 17 Coping with pressure

Description

17a Mental stress was a factor in making him stop work 2
17b Frequently feels scared or panicky for no obvious reason 2
17c Avoids carrying out routine activities because he is
convinced they will prove too tiring 1
17d Is unable to cope with changes in daily routine 1
17e Frequently finds there are so many things to do that he gives
up because of fatigue, apathy or disinterest 1
17f Is scared or anxious that work would bring back or worsen
his illness 1

Activity 18 Interaction with other people

Description

18a Cannot look after himself without help from others 2
18b Gets upset by ordinary events and it results in disruptive
behavioural problems 2
18c Mental problems impair ability to communicate with other
People 2
18d Gets irritated by things that would not have bothered before
he became ill 1
18e Prefers to be left alone for 6 hours or more each day 1
18f Is too frightened to go out alone 1
And that dear readers is how they do it. Surprised? well I wasn’t, these narcissistic fools dont know any better. So the next time you are summoned, take a close look at the questions you are asked and see how they compare to the ones I was, which I have reproduced here for your perusal
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