Activities of daily living, or ADLs, are an important element of caring for your aging parent. These are the tasks that a person must complete on a daily basis to keep themselves healthy, thriving, and functional. For many elderly adults, these can become challenging or even impossible to handle completely on their own, necessitating assistance from you or from a care provider. By understanding these ADLs you can recognize the challenges that your parent might be facing and ensure that they are getting the level of care that they need and deserve.
One important aspect to understand about activities of daily living is that there are two categories. The first is referred to as activities of daily living, or ADLs, and refers to the most basic of tasks. The second category is known as instrumental activities of daily living or IADLs. Sometimes these are referred to as secondary activities of daily living. This refers to the more complex and challenging of daily tasks that most people manage as part of their regular lives, but that can become even more difficult for elderly adults as they age. These are often some of the first limitations that they experience and tasks that require your support.
Instrumental activities of daily living include:
-Enjoying companionship and receiving adequate mental health and well-being support
-Transportation, whether it is through independent means such as driving or taking advantage of public transportation that is available in their area
-Running errands such as grocery shopping or picking up prescriptions
-Managing household tasks such as cleaning, doing laundry, washing dishes, and taking the trash out
-Managing medications and treatments and remaining compliant
-Managing finances including paying bills
-Communicating effectively with others
How can elderly-care help?
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them during the course of your caregiver journey. A senior home care services provider can be in the home with your parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they have continued access to the care, support, and assistance that they need to live their highest quality of life.
A highly personalized set of services will be tailored specifically to your parent’s needs, challenges, and limitations to ensure that these are met and addressed in the way that is right for them. This care provider will help them to manage these needs while also encouraging them to live a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and independent as possible throughout their later years. As a family caregiver, this will give you peace of mind knowing that your parent will have everything that they need to live a happy, healthy, safe, and fulfilling life as they age in place.