From The Heart Supportive Care
Aging at home with HEART
ADLs and IADLs
If you are new to supportive care, you may be curious as to what the terms ADLs and IADLS mean.
In short, these are fundamental life tasks we either do for ourselves or need help from someone to do for us.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)- These are the things we learn to do for ourselves as very young children. Walking, dressing, feeding, toileting, bathing, etc.
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) are self care tasks that that require higher order thinking skills; which we usually learn as teenagers. Driving, managing finances, cooking, housekeeping.
Difficulties with ADLs and IADLs often dictate how much support and care a person requires. These I/ADLs can help determine how safe independent living at home will be, and what level of supportive care may be needed.
In creating your personal care plan, From the Heart Supportive care has a checklist to determine any functional difficulties of our Clients. This checklist will be reviewed on an as needed basis in an effort to record goals, and ensure safe appropriate supportive home care is being provided to our Clients. Our evolving I/ADL checklist will also help families make more informed choices for future care needs.