If you are preparing to embark on the adventure of providing elder care for an aging loved one, you will quickly find that there is a tremendous amount of terminology that you will need to understand in order or make the appropriate decisions for this senior. Whether you will be the primary caregiver for your loved one, will be hiring an elder care provider, or will be transitioning your loved one into an assisted living facility, making sure that you understand this industry jargon will keep you aware of the needs of your loved one and the best ways to fulfill these needs.
One of the terms that you are likely to hear quite often in the context of elder care is “Activities of Daily Living”. Also referred to as “ADLs”, Activities of Daily Living are generally discussed in terms of services that elder care services agencies provide, or the extent of care offered at assisted living facilities.
ADLs are the basic daily functions that individuals must perform as a part of life. These are the things that you do every day just in the course of living life, and may be things that you don’t really think about. For seniors, however, they can become major challenges, and will need to be addressed by others in order to maintain a happy, healthy quality of life.
Some Activities of Daily Living include:
- Getting out of bed in the morning
- Using the restroom
- Getting dressed
- Grooming, including shaving, styling hair, trimming nails and even applying makeup
- Basic hygiene including washing hands, keeping the face clean and cleaning thoroughly after toileting
- Preparing meals and eating
- Grocery shopping
- Running errands
- Doing laundry
- Washing dishes
- Keeping the home tidy
- Remembering to take medication
All of these activities are things that most people take for granted. Mobility or cognitive issues, however, can make it impossible for your aging loved one to fulfill them on her own. This means that she will need assistance taking care of these needs on a regular basis. Even if she does not need extensive medical care, a care provider being present in the home for just a portion of the day to take care of some of your loved one’s ADLs can take a tremendous amount of pressure off of you, while also ensuring your loved one’s quality of life is kept high.
Contact the elder care services agency in your area to discuss hiring an in home care provider who can provide assistance with fulfilling Activities of Daily Living.
Care Connection provides elder care in Mason, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.