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7 Measures of Your Daily Independence

Explore the Activities of Daily Living for Your Loved One

How well do you perform these activities of daily living?

It’s often difficult for seniors, and their caregivers or family members, to assess the someone’s level of independence so they can get any necessary help.  Fortunately, researchers have devised a list of measures of daily living independence to help you, your caregiver, or family member evaluate your current condition.  Over time these measures can be revisited to make other arrangements as your situation changes.

Remember there are options, starting with an ever increasing array of tools, equipment, and services available to simplify these tasks.  For example, options may include asking friends and family for help, making an appointment with a health and hygiene provider (barber, beautician, podiatrist, hygienist), hiring a certified home health aide to come to your home on a part-time or full-time basis, or changing your living arrangements to a place that can accommodate your needs and desires.

Let’s review key measures for each of the seven categories.

#1 ADL – Keeping Your Body Clean

#2 ADL – Going to the Bathroom

#3 ADL – Getting Dressed for the Day or Night

#4 ADL – Eating a Meal or Snack

#5 ADL – Moving Around

#6 ADL – Knowing, Understanding, and Doing

#7 ADL – Running Your Household

  • Cleaning and Maintaining Home
  • Planning and Preparing Meals
  • Shopping and Transporting Trips
  • Managing Medications
  • Handling Finances
  • Communicating with and Entertaining Others

If you want to learn more about each of the categories, click the link above to go to that blog post. Want to take the actual assessments, here are the links:

About the author

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Serial entrepreneur and former full-time caregiver for eight years to her father with multiple chronic conditions. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Medicine and Asian Studies; and a Master of Business Administration degree recipient in marketing and finance from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. Currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her teenage son and advises businesses on strategic planning, marketing, finance, and operations as owner of Next Level Consulting, Inc.

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