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.”

Daily Living

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:

·Housework
·Taking medications as prescribed
·Managing money
·Shopping for groceries or clothing
·Use of telephone or other form of communication
·Using technology
​·Transportation within the community

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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.