As provided in the definition of “useful occupation” — “homemaking is a useful occupation when it is performed in a household that includes
one or more persons other than the one performing the household duties.”
The term “homemaking,” for purposes of Disability Assistance, is defined as follows:
Homemaking involves ability to carry the home-management and decisionmaking responsibilities
and to provide essential services within the home for at least one person in addition
to one's self. Homemaking may be generally divided into manipulative skills and managerial
Manipulative skills include food preparation and services; cleaning and care of the
home; washing and ironing clothes and household linens; care and repair of clothes
and linens; feeding, bathing and dressing children and caring for adults who are invalids.
Managerial skills include the ability to manage household expenditures, and to plan,
decide, select and purchase the food, clothing, household supplies and furnishing
for the family. Social decisions include the ability to supervise the health care,
to direct the education and to give social direction to the family, and to direct
the training of young children.
If a person is not able to perform a significant combination of these manipulative
and managerial activities on a routine basis with little or no supervision or help
from others, then a finding of permanent and total disability (in relation to the
issue of homemaker) is authorized.