Activities Of Daily Living
Activities of daily living are the basic self-care tasks. ADLs are defined as “the things we normally do… such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, work, homemaking, and leisure.”
Activities of daily living include:
·Bathing and showering (washing the body)
·Dressing (putting on clothing)
·Eating/feeding(including chewing and swallowing)
·Functional mobility (moving from one place to another while performing activities)
·Personal hygiene and grooming (including brushing/combing/styling hair)
·Toilet hygiene (completing the act of urinating/defecating)
There are some additional activities of daily living that are not necessary for fundamental functioning, but they let an individual live independently in a community. These instrumental activities of daily living include:
·Taking medications as prescribed
·Shopping for groceries or clothing
·Use of telephone or other form of communication
·Transportation within the community
The ability or inability to perform activities of daily living is routinely referred to in the health profession as a measurement of the functional status of a person, especially in the elderly.
Our assisted living home provides all of the activities of daily living.