When someone needs help with the basic activities of daily living (or ADL’s) its usually obvious that they should either be receiving help in the home, or moving to a community where they can receive the help they need. ADL’s are bathing, ambulating, transferring, eating, grooming, dressing and toileting.
But what about “instrumental” activities of daily living (or IADL’s)? These are more complex activities associated with daily life that are essential to being independent. For example:
These are usually the first signs we can look for and start to introduce some help. Help can be a volunteer, a family member, meals on wheels, a neighbor or a professional caregiver.