Activity limitations

Activity limitations reflect the difficulty a person has in executing a task or action.

Core activities

Most younger people who enter permanent residential aged care have a limitation in 1 or more core activities (Figure 1). The most common are related to self–care (88%) and moving around (77%). Fewer younger people (49%) have a limitation in movement, and fewer still limitation in communication (39%). About 1 in 4 (22%) have limitations in all 4 core activities.

This varies by age. For example, those aged under 50 are more likely to have a core activity limitation than those aged 50–59 and 60–64. Almost 36% of those aged under 50 have an activity limitation in all 4 core activities, compared with 24% and 18% for those aged 50–59 and 60–64 respectively.

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Other activities

Also common among younger people who enter permanent residential aged care are limitations relating to:

  • transport (93%)
  • health care tasks (92%)
  • social or community participation (92%)
  • domestic activities (87%)
  • meal preparation (87%)
  • home maintenance (73%) (Figure 1).

Two in 3 (66%) have limitations in all 6 ‘other’ activities.

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Figure 1

Bar chart showing the proportion of younger people in residential aged care with 10 categories of activity limitations. The reader can select to display the chart by core activity or other activities and by age when the person first entered permanent residential aged care, including under 50 years, 50-59 years, 60-64 years and all age groups. The chart shows people under 50 when they enter care are more likely (52%) to have a limitation in communication than those aged 60-64 (34%). Back to figure 1