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posted: September 30, 2007

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Timely Tip: Using ADLs to Gauge Independence

Geriatric professionals use a variety of tools to assess the ability to function independently at home. Here is a listing of two common tools and their criteria, which you might find handy to use in making your own informal assessment of Mom and Dad:
Basic Self-Care Activities of Daily Living:

Bathing – including the ability to get in and out of a shower or tub
Eating – including the ability to cut food or butter bread
Dressing – including the ability to choose appropriate attire
Toileting – including the ability to transfer on and off the toilet
Transferring – the ability to get in and out of bed or a chair

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living:

Preparing meals
Taking medication
Doing laundry
Performing yard work
Bill paying/banking
Walking outside the home
Using the telephone

For the full story on strategies for helping an elderly loved one maintain their living independence, read Gauging Whether Mom and Dad Can Continue Living on Their Own – Dealing with the Telltale Signs in the September 2007 edition of Caregiver's Home Companion. Click here for more.

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