What Are "Activities of Daily Living"?

[Dr. Kristen Maisano] Activities of daily living are the things that we do absolutely every day from the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we go to bed. So if we took apart our day and we talked about rolling to sit up on the side of the bed and walking to brush our teeth—anywhere from getting in and out of the car, in and out of the bathtub, washing, dressing—anything we need to do every day to make life meaningful. And then we have a different category of ADLs that are called instrumental ADLs, or instrumental activities of daily living. And those are kind of a little bit higher level, so we're talking about grocery shopping and performing work and leisure activities so that we have a holistic view of the person. We want to make sure that not only can you dress and bathe yourself, but are you able to complete the activities that are meaningful to you as well?
 

What are "activities of daily living"?

 

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Posted on BrainLine May 15, 2013.

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