60 Year-Old Caretaker – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

by | Feb 22, 2023 | SSA Case Study Examples of Hearings and Outcomes

This 60 year old individual suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cervicalgia, degeneration of the cervical spine at C4-7, low back pain, lumbar arthritis with disc degeneration at L5-S1, hearing loss, right knee pain, status post knee arthroscopy in 2020, carpal tunnel syndrome.

Additionally, the client uses a cane which is medically necessary for his balance, support, and stability. At the hearing the client testified he is 60 years old with an Alleged Onset of Disability (AOD) and a Date Last Worked (DLW) of 12/30/2019.

The claimant’s Past Relevant Work (PRW) was classified by the Vocational Expert (VE) as: caretaker, grounds and described by the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) as 406.684-014.


Based on his past relevant work and the use of a cane to ambulate even at short distances all past relevant work was eliminated. Additional limitations including inability to occasional balance or use occasional right foot control operation along with only occasional exposure to environment irritants and limited hearing, he was found to have no transferable skills and a Fully Favorable Decision will be awarded in this case.