23. Do any of your conditions or illnesses reduce your ability to carry out day-to-day activities?

Why we ask this question

Your answer helps your community by allowing your local authority to understand the health needs of the people in your area both now and in the future. For example, people with long-term medical conditions are likely to need more support from the NHS. By measuring long-term conditions, your local authority can see how people will use the NHS in the future. They can then make plans to set aside resources and provide the right services for your community.

This information also helps develop and monitor policies to make sure that everyone is treated fairly. These policies affect the way that public bodies provide healthcare and aim to reduce health inequalities. They also help work towards improving the general health of the people in your area and the rest of England and Wales.

The census first asked this question in 1991.

This question is asking about the physical or mental health conditions or illnesses that you told us about in the previous question.

What we mean by day-to-day activities

Day-to-day activities include everyday tasks, for example eating, washing, walking and going shopping.

Things that might affect your answer

Think about how much your current day-to-day activities are affected. Include any impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on your conditions or illnesses.

Think about whether you're still affected while receiving any treatment or medication, or while using any devices for your condition or illness. For example, if you use a hearing aid and are not restricted in carrying out your day-to-day activities when doing so, select "Not at all".

Select "Yes, a lot" if you rely on support from others, such as family, friends or home help services, to carry out your current usual day-to-day activities.

Important information:

Answering for someone else

If you're answering on behalf of someone else, where possible you should ask them how they want to answer. If they're away, select the answer you think they would choose.