What does Social Security consider “basic abilities” in terms of performing work functions?


Basic abilities consist of the claimant’s ability to understand, carry out, and remember simple instructions. For example, can the claimant remember work locations and procedures when performing a task? Can they carry out work without special supervision? Can they maintain attention and concentration, and adhere to defined work schedule?

Other examined abilities are: the ability to use judgment when making basic work decisions (for example, being aware of potential work hazards or danger); The ability to respond appropriately to work situations and other individuals in the work place such as supervisors and fellow workers; The ability to respond and adapt to changes in work environment