Activities of daily living


Also found in: Dictionary, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Activities of daily living: activities of daily living scale, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

Activities of Daily Living

Basic, mundane activities such as bathing, eating, taking medication, walking, dressing, and using the toilet. Long-term care insurance policies compile and maintain (slightly different) lists of activities of daily living that a policyholder generally should be able to do. If a policyholder is unable to perform two or more activities of daily living, he/she is usually able to receive benefits from the long-term care policy. They are also important in determining eligibility for benefits from Medicare, Medicaid, and other government assistance programs.

Activities of daily living.

To live independently, you must be able to handle certain essential functions, called activities of daily living (ADLs). These standard activities include eating, dressing, bathing, moving from a sitting to a standing position, taking medication, and using the bathroom.

If you are unable to perform two or more these ADLs, you generally qualify to begin receiving benefits from your long-term care insurance policy. Each insurer's list of ADLs may vary slightly, but should always include bathing, as that is often the first activity that a person struggles with.

Cognitive impairments, such as those that result from Alzheimer's disease, are not considered ADLs. A comprehensive long-term care policy will use a different test to determine when policyholders suffering from these impairments qualify to collect benefits.

References in periodicals archive ?
At baseline, women with impaired executive function only, as well as those with both impaired executive function and a poor score on the 3MS, displayed significantly greater functional impairment in terms of a standard activities of daily living scale compared with those women without impairment on either test or women with impairment only on the 3MS.
Specific treatments to facilitate speech can be integrated into activities of daily living and the speech pathologist is afforded a natural setting for counseling patients and their families.
If they are to be effective, caregivers must be taught safe transfers from bed to chair as well as other important activities of daily living.
In the communities operated by the Company, 80 percent of residents live independently, 18 percent of residents require assistance with activities of daily living and 2 percent receive skilled nursing services.
For more than 30 years, Crest Health Care has been striving to lower the cost of healthcare while increasing your resident's ability to independently perform the activities of daily living.
More than 70 percent of new nursing home residents need help with at least four activities of daily living.
Virginia nursing homes have patients with the highest average activities of daily living requirements of any state in the nation, explains Hobart Harvey, vice president of financial services for VHCA.
There are millions of people with lung disease who need help with the activities of daily living and Lotsa Helping Hands is a patient-centered approach that uniquely provides support to them.
They are choosing to live out their lives in places where they can receive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), yet age with grace and dignity.
Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), including eating, bathing, dressing and grooming, toileting, mobility, and walking.
If you're taking care of 84 year old women who take six to nine medications with three or more activities of daily living (ADLs), it sounds a little like healthcare to me.

Full browser ?