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Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Richardson / Garland, TX
Activities of Daily Living is a term used in Chiropractic often when dealing with care of the elderly.
(ADLs) are defined as activities performed throughout our daily lives, including any daily activity we perform for self-care. There a number of national surveys collect data on the ADL status of the U.S. population.
At Richardson / Garland Injury Rehab & Chiropractic our Occupational Therapists routinely refer to the ability or inability to perform ADLs as a measurement of the functional status of a person. This measurement is useful for assessing the elderly, the mentally ill, those with chronic pain or disease, and others, in order to evaluate what type of chiropractic care services an individual may need. There are several evaluation tools, such as the Katz ADL scale and the Lawton IADL scale.Basic ADLs Richardson / Garland, TX
The basic activities of daily living consist of these self-care tasks:
· Dressing and undressing
· Transferring from bed to chair, and back
· Voluntarily controlling urinary and fecal discharge
· Using the toilet
· Walking (as opposed to being bedridden)
Instrumental ADLs Richardson / Garland, TX
Instrumental activities of daily living are not necessary for fundamental functioning, but they let an individual live independently in a community:
· Doing light housework
· Shopping for groceries or clothes
· Managing money
· Using the telephone
· Taking medications
· Preparing meals
Our Occupational Therapists also evaluate IADLs when completing patient assessments.