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The Activities of Daily Living (or ADLs) are self-care activities all individuals must perform to lead a normal independent life. Here's a handy activities of daily living checklist for you to refer to. When judging whether or not your parent needs assistance, be it an in-home health aide or a move to an assisted living facility, we recommend you take an inventory of their ability to perform the following 6 ADLs:
Why Use ADLs When Assessing Your Parent’s Needs
As noted above, the six Activities of Daily Living are the most basic activities a person performs on a daily basis. Once your parent loses the ability to perform one or more of these activities, he or she will begin experiencing a dramatic drop in quality of life if left alone.
For example, what happens if your parent can’t move around the house? Often older adults in this situation stay in bed all day or don’t move from their recliner. And if they can’t bathe themselves, they risk infections and all sorts of other problems. You get the idea.
The six ADLs will give you a very real idea of what is really going on with your parent. In fact, these basic acts are so important that they are used by a variety of groups and organizations as qualifiers:
What to Do If You Notice Your Parent’s Condition Declining
If your parents are having difficulty with one or more ADLs, it’s time you thought about getting them some help. Depending on the extent of their inability, you may need to find them an in in home care assistant or you might need to move them to an assisted living facility.
Need help? Contact Comfort Home Care at 301-984-1401 and let’s discuss your parent’s situation now.