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What are Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)?

Activities of Daily Living–or ADLs for short–is a term used to describe fundamental tasks that an individual must do every day in order to care for him or herself. It is not uncommon for ADLs to become increasingly difficult as we age. The degree to which an individual struggles with 1 or more of the ADLs varies from person to person.

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There are 6 recognized ADLs that are used to determine an individual’s ability to live independently:

  1. Bathing: Bathes completely by oneself, or needs help cleaning only a single part of the body (ex. back, genitals, or injured/disabled extremity).
  2. Dressing: Retrieves clothes from dresser or closet and puts them and outer garments on (ex. sweaters or jackets) using the appropriate fasteners. Help may be used to tie shoes.
  3. Toileting: Goes to the bathroom without help, including getting on and off the toilet, taking off and putting on clothes, and cleaning genitals.
  4. Transferring: Gets in and out of a chair or bed without assistance, except for perhaps a mechanical transferring aid.
  5. Continence: Has complete control over urination and defecation.
  6. Feeding: Transfers food from a plate into the mouth without assistance, though the food may be prepared by another person.

In-home Elderly Care: Helping with ADLs

In-home caregiving is an important part of keeping seniors healthy and independent. Whether a senior lives in his/her own residence, with family members, or in an assisted living facility, caregivers from Inspired Care Solutions can help keep them safe and independent by assisting with ADLs. Our team is passionate about providing assistance to those who need it, so they can continue living their lives in the manner they choose. If you or a loved one live in the Boerne, Fair Oaks, or Leon Springs area and require assistance with any ADLs please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Inspired Care Solutions. Together we will devise a plan that serves you and your unique situation

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Does a Caregiver Help With Household Chores?

Yes! Have household chores become a challenge for you or your loved one? Tasks such as laundry, light housekeeping, and cooking fall under the category of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). Whereas the ADLs are more fundamental in nature, IADLS are more complex, requiring more thought and organization. You can read more about IADLs here.

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If you live in the Fair Oaks, Boerne or Leon Springs areas and are interested in learning more about in-home caregiving services, please contact the friendly team at Inspired Care Solutions. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and discuss how we can help you or your loved one.

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