If you are a family caregiver of a senior parent you may be seeing the phrase “activities of daily living” or the abbreviation “ADL” and not really be familiar with what activities of daily living are. When it comes to your senior loved one activities of daily living are considered to be all the things that your senior needs to do every day in order to be healthy and comfortable. Sometimes as they get older seniors may need help with activities of daily living, such as Personal Care at Home services, especially if they are living on their own or aging in place.
Seniors who are recovering from a fall or being hospitalized for something like a broken bone, a heart attack, or a stroke may need help with activities of daily living on a temporary basis during their recovery. Other seniors who have medical conditions like arthritis, poor grip strength, incontinence, balance impairment, Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s disease may need help with activities of daily living on an ongoing basis because of their medical conditions.
What Are The Activities Of Daily Living?
There are dozens of things that can be considered activities of daily living, but they fall into just a handful of categories. The accepted categories of ADLs include:
Persona hygiene includes showering and bathing, washing their face and hair, brushing their teeth, putting on lotion and sunscreen, and all of the other personal hygiene tasks that are necessary for seniors to be healthy and comfortable. Personal care at home is the best option for seniors that need help with personal hygiene at home.
Personal care at home can also help seniors who need help with getting dressed like putting on socks and shoes, fastening buttons and zippers, and putting on clothing.
Eating is an essential ADL. Eating usually also includes making food, using silverware, and being able to hold a cup. Seniors who need help safely eating can also use adaptive dishes, flatware, and cups to lower the risk of choking while they are eating.
Many seniors are embarrassed to need help with toileting but they shouldn’t be. Personal care at home can include helping seniors use the toilet and clean themselves and helping seniors manage incontinence.
-Transferring or Moving
As seniors get older they may need extra help getting in and out of chairs, or up off the couch. They also can struggle to get in and out of bed, or to shower safely. Personal care at home is the best solution for seniors who need help with transferring and moving because care providers that specialize in transferring and personal care are trained in the best ways to help seniors transfer from one place to another.
Family caregivers can hurt themselves or their senior loved ones by trying to help them get in and out of bed or get up and down stairs if they don’t know safe and supportive techniques. If your senior loved one has mobility problems the safest thing to do is get professional personal care at home to help them get where they need to be.