Activities of Daily Living ( ADL)
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) is a term used in healthcare to refer to daily “self-care activities” within an individual’s place of residence, in outdoor environments, or both. Generally, the ability or inability to perform ADLs serves as a measurement of the functional status of a person of any age.
The degrees of “help or assistance” can vary from “just a little bit of help needed” to “full assistance needed” in meal preparation, walking, driving, bathing, taking medications and other activities of daily living.
Basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) include:
- Personal Hygiene and Grooming
- Functional Transfers, e.g. Getting Out of Bed
- Incontinence Care
- Dressing and Undressing
- Walking or Using a Wheelchair
- Feeding Oneself
- Light Housekeeping
- Appointment Scheduler
- Meal Preparation
- Medication Reminder
- Joyful Companionship and Leisure Activities
- Shopping for Groceries or Clothing
- Personal Errands
- Telephone Use and/or Follow-Up Calls
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