How ESA is assesssed

ESA looks at how your health condition or disability affects your ability to carry out a list of 18 activities. 

Part 1: Physical 

  • Walking

  • Standing and sitting

  • Reaching

  • Picking up and moving objects

  • Manual dexterity

  • Speaking. writing and typing

  • Hearing and reading

  • Getting around safely

  • Continence

  • Maintaining consciousness

Part 2: Mental and cognitive

  • Learning tasks

  • Hazard awareness

  • Initiating and completing actions

  • Coping with change

  • Going out 

  • Coping with social situations 

  • Appropriate behaviour 

Part 3: Eating and drinking 

For each activity you are scored points depending on how much support you need.  Click here to see the ESA points system.

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