An individual’s physical function is a fundamental factor that determines their ability to perform activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, work, play, leisure, and social participation. During the occupational therapy evaluation, it is important to determine the client’s performance skills through discussion and the most important observation. It would be highly beneficial to instruct clients to complete common functional tasks such as pouring a cup of water, reading medication bottles, paying bills, cooking a simple meal. Furthermore, when complete this part of the evaluation, it is ideal to complete it at their home where they will be completing these tasks on an everyday basis.
Take note of the client’s fatigue level and the duration it takes them to complete everyday functional tasks as this plays a role in determining if they can safely complete these tasks independently, or if they need assistance.