If you have ever looked into assisted living or spoke with a care professional,
you might have heard the term ‘Activities of Daily Life’ or
ADLs used in conversation. ADLs are tasks that are essential to living
independently that should be performed by an individual.
There are five ADLs. An individual must:
- Bathe, groom, and maintain personal hygiene
- Dress and undress without assistance
- Use the toilet and complete tasks including hygiene and control
- Transfer movement and demonstrate independent mobility
- Prepare and eat food without assistance
Similar to ADLs, Instrumental Activities of Daily Life (or IADLs) are also
tasks that test an individual’s independence and ability to live
without assistance. IADLs are more complex tasks that are important for
those living in a community and include matters like:
- Managing finances
- Using technology and the phone
- Means of transportation
- Caring for pets or other individuals
Even if a person is able to complete all five ADLs, they may find difficulties
living without any sort of assistance if they are unable to complete these
kinds of IADLs.
Do Incomplete ADLs and IADLs Mean My Loved One Is Right Assisted Living?
Even though ADLs are a good indication if assisted living is right for
your loved one, that isn’t always the case. According to a survey
of assisted living communities conducted in 2001, many residents didn’t
need support for any ADLs. As residents grew to need ADL support, they
almost all needed assistance with bathing first, then dressing, followed
by toilet, transferring, and eating.
Assisted living homes are designed to create support for those that struggle
with ADLs. Individuals that need assistance with one or two IADLs might
be better suited for an independent living community, rather than seniors
that are unable to complete multiple ADLs.
If your loved one is struggling with ADLs, you should consider assisted
All Seasons Residential Assisted Living, we care for our residents and serve them with quality and compassion. We offer
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