Jan 17

What are activities of daily living?

By MD for Seniors

If your loved one needs help walking more often than usual, her independence may be declining.

As a caregiver, you’re constantly looking out for your loved one’s health and overall well-being.

To determine a person’s current state of mobility and whether or not some level of assistance is required, you should address how well they perform activities of daily living.

What are activities of daily living?
Activities of daily living are the tasks people should be able to perform on an everyday basis without the need for assistance. There are two main groups: basic ADLs and instrumental activities of daily living.

ADLs include:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Toileting
  • Transferring
  • Continence

IADLs include:

  • Transportation
  • Meal preparation
  • Basic communication
  • Housework
  • Taking medications
  • Managing finances
  • Shopping

Both groups of actions are considered essential day-to-day tasks. If your …read more

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