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What is a lifestyle effect?
A lifestyle effect is a disadvantage, resulting from an accepted condition that limits or prevents the fulfilment of a role that is normal for a veteran of the same age without the accepted condition. GARP rates four components of a veteran's life that may be affected by war-caused incapacity:
- Personal relationships,
- Recreational and community activities, and
- Employment and domestic activities.
Personal relationships refer to the veteran's ability to take part in and maintain customary social, sexual and interpersonal relationships. GARP attempts to establish how the physical and psychological effects of accepted conditions affect these relationships.
Mobility refers to the veteran's ability to move about effectively in carrying out the ordinary activities of life. GARP measures the effects of the accepted conditions on the veteran's mobility. It allows for the veteran's ability to use available forms of transport. Both physical and psychological impediments to mobility are taken into account when determining a mobility rating.
Recreational and community activities
Recreational and community activities refer to the veteran's ability to take part in any activities of the veteran's choosing. When determining a rating the limitation placed by the accepted condition on the veteran's normal recreational and community activities is measured. The need to modify recreational activities or seek alternatives is taken into account.
Employment and domestic activities
Employment activities refers to the veteran's ability to work and domestic activities refers to the veteran's ability to sustain effective routines in a domestic environment The effects of the accepted conditions on the veteran's ability to work and/or perform domestic activity is taken into account.
Assessment of lifestyle effects
Lifestyle effects are used to calculate an overall lifestyle rating. The rating is expressed as a number on a scale from zero to seven. A zero rating indicates that the veteran's lifestyle is only negligibly affected by the accepted condition. A rating of seven indicate that the effect of the accepted conditions on a veteran's lifestyle is of the utmost severity.
Overall lifestyle rating
Veterans can use three optional methods to have their lifestyle effects rated:
- self assessing whereby the veteran completes a Lifestyle Rating Self Assessment Form,
- completing a [glossary:lifestyle questionnaire:], or
- choosing not to self assess, whereby a decision maker will make a decision based on the level of [glossary:medical impairment:]