May 4, 2022
Most of the time, individuals don’t think about the activities of daily living (ADLs) – they just do them. However, for older adults, the activities of daily living can require a little more attention. Having the ability to perform these basic tasks is necessary to live independently, whether at home or in a senior living community.
While this list can sometimes 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 on their own.
Along with the activities of daily living (ADLs), there are instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). These instrumental activities aren’t essential for basic functioning, but they do help a person live independently. It’s important for physicians to assess how well someone can manage IADLs, since they’re more complex than baseline ADLs.
Some examples of instrumental ADLs for older adults include:
ADL and IADL assessments are often used to help caregivers and family physicians decide if a senior can successfully and safely live independently. The goal is to help an aging adult live the best life possible. It can become easier to notice signs of deterioration or improvement through these 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 types of assessments most often used include:
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. Typically, independent living is designed for seniors 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 support.
Autumn Leaves is dedicated to creating a warm and intimate senior living community where residents feel a true sense of comfort. Our community offers independent living, as well as several residential and care options for those who need assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation.
The friendly, compassionate team at Autumn Leaves creates a welcoming environment where residents will thrive. With our commitment to providing a high quality of life for residents, we make it our goal to exceed expectations, day in and day out.