Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
The activities of daily living (ADLs) are the essential tasks that individuals need to perform to take care of themselves on a daily basis. These tasks include things like bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, mobility, and eating. In addition to ADLs, there are also instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), which are tasks that are necessary to live independently, such as managing finances, shopping, preparing meals, and managing medications.
Assessing an individual's ability to perform ADLs and IADLs is a critical part of determining the level of care they need and the appropriate senior living community for them. For example, if someone needs assistance with all or most ADLs, they may require a higher level of care such as a Boarding Care can provide. On the other hand, if someone can perform most ADLs with some level of independence or minimul assistance then an Assisted Living might be more appropriate. Or if someone can perform all their ADl’s i but needs help with some IADLs, they may be a good fit for an independent living community with additional services like housekeeping, transportation, and meal preparation. It's important to note that not all senior living communities are created equal, and some may specialize in providing care for individuals with specific needs or health conditions. A thorough assessment of an individual's ADLs and IADLs can help identify any unique care needs and match them with a senior living community that can provide the appropriate level of care and services. Our team of senior living experts has extensive experience in conducting assessments to determine an individual's care needs and matching them with the appropriate senior living community. We work closely with families to understand their loved one's unique situation and preferences, and we use this information to guide them towards a senior living community that meets their needs and fits within their budget.