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.
- 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: