April 25, 2022
It’s not common to routinely think about the activities of daily living (ADLs). However, for seniors, the activities associated with daily living can sometimes require a little more attention. To maintain independence, whether living alone or in a senior living community, seniors must be able to perform these essential tasks without assistance.
While this list can vary, the most common ADLs for seniors are typically broken down into five basic categories:
An older adult’s level of independence can be measured by their ability to perform these five ADLs on their own.
While ADLs for seniors are a good measure of independence, there are also instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) that aren’t essential for basic functioning but can help a person maintain independence. Physicians often assess how well someone can manage IADLs since they’re more complex than baseline ADLs.
Some examples of IADLs for seniors include:
How are ADLs and IADLs beneficial? Assessments of these activities of daily living are used to help caregivers and family physicians decide if a senior can safely live on their own. Since the goal is always to provide seniors with the highest quality of life, it’s important to notice the first signs of deterioration or improvement through ADL assessments.
Since many senior living communities provide several living options, including independent living, assisted living and memory care, each individual’s needs must be assessed.
The most common types of assessments used include:
Senior living communities, like Walnut Place, work with physicians and family caregivers to help assess a loved one’s needs and make the best possible recommendations for a proper level of care. Independent living is reserved for individuals who need little to no assistance. Assisted living is for individuals who need support with activities of daily living, and memory care is uniquely targeted to those who need specialized memory care support.
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