What Are Activities of Daily Living and Why They Matter

Why are activities of daily living important? Young lady accompanying an elderly lady during a walk.

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are basic skills needed to take care of oneself. These usually refer to the areas of eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and mobility. ADLs are an important measurement to determine a person’s ability to care for themselves. This, in turn, shows how much care a person may need. Some examples are:

  • Walking
  • Personal hygiene (bathing, brushing teeth, etc.)
  • Cooking
  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • Getting out of a chair or bed
  • Toileting
  • Dressing (this includes being able to select appropriate clothing as well as put it on)

If you or someone you know is having issues with ADLs, remember, we are here to help. We can help discern how much care is needed. Our aides can also help make performing activities of daily living easier.

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