April 25, 2022
It’s not common to think about the activities of daily living (ADLs) until you’re starting to struggle with them. But, for seniors, the activities of daily living can require more attention. Managing these everyday tasks is essential to living alone or in an independent living community.
While this list can vary, the most common ADLs for seniors are typically broken down into five basic categories:
A senior’s level of independence can be measured by their ability to perform these five ADLs for seniors on their own.
While ADLs are pivotal to successfully living independently, there are also instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) that are important for older adults. While IADLs aren’t essential for basic functioning, they can help a person live more independently and confidently on their own. Physicians typically assess how well someone can manage IADLs since they’re more complex than baseline ADLs.
Some examples of IADLs for older adults include:
Both ADL and IADL assessments can be used to help caregivers and physicians determine if a senior can safely live independently at home or in a senior living setting. Since the goal is to help aging adults find the highest quality of life possible, it’s essential to test ADLs periodically. Regular testing can make it easier to notice signs of deterioration or improvement.
The types of assessments most often used include:
Senior living communities offer various levels of care ranging from independent living to assisted living and, sometimes, memory care. Senior living communities will work with physicians and family caregivers to help assess a loved one’s needs and make recommendations for the proper level of care. Independent living is reserved for residents who require little to no assistance. Assisted living is for individuals who need support with activities of daily living, and memory care is explicitly targeted at individuals who need specialized memory support.
At Parkwood, people can find the type of living that suits their needs. We have earned a reputation for excellence in senior living – from our desirable location to our dedicated staff and management team.
One unique characteristic of the Parkwood rental community is that it offers a variety of lifestyle options and one convenient, all-inclusive monthly fee. You’ll pay only for the care you need, when you need it. Learn more about our independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and rehabilitation.
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