Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

  • Activities of Daily Living Defined

    The six activities of daily living (ADLs) are used to assess a senior’s ability to care for themselves, determine they level of care they require, and verify their eligibility for supportive services and financial assistance.

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  • The Importance of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

    Activities of daily living are used to measure a senior’s functional status. An ADL assessment will help determine the level of care an aging loved one requires and what support programs and benefits they may be eligible for.

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  • Needs Assessment: The First Step When Moving to Senior Housing

    Senior living communities conduct a needs assessment that measures potential residents’ physical and cognitive abilities to ensure that a senior’s needs match the services the community is able to provide.

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  • Daily Life with Dementia: How to Take the Stress Out of Getting Dressed

    In the middle and later stages of dementia, dressing becomes a more challenging activity of daily living. Following a few simple suggestions can help make the process of getting dressed easier.

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  • How to Determine an Aging Parent Needs Help at Home

    Look for these common warning signs to determine if your elderly parent needs help at home.

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  • How to Persuade a Senior to Put on Clean Clothes

    The ability to dress and maintain hygiene are important activities of daily living (ADL) seniors lose the ability to accomplish. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ hands-on tips and suggestions for convincing a senior to put on clean clothes.

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  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Defined

    There are 8 instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) that are used to assess a senior’s ability to be self-sufficient and determine what supportive services they need to continue living independently.

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  • When Is It Time to Hire Help at Home?

    Many seniors wish to remain in their own homes, and family caregivers are often able to provide the support they need for a time. However, it is important to understand when hiring in-home care becomes necessary for an aging loved one—and for yourself.

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  • Bathing & Hygiene Top Tips: Convincing a Senior to Bathe

    A seniors refusal to shower or bathe is a common struggle between a caregiver and an elder. Experienced caregivers share their best tips and suggestions for persuading an aging loved one to take a shower or bath.

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  • Hospice Care for Advanced Dementia: When Is It Time?

    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.

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  • Elder Care Plan 101: Set Yourself Up for Success as a Caregiver

    Learn how to discuss long-term care planning, form a care team, create a caregiving strategy using a printable daily care plan template, and find elder care professionals who can provide support as you carry out your plan.

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  • How to Create a Care Plan for the Elderly

    An elder care plan can be an organizational tool, an informal agreement with an aging loved one, or a formal contract used to coordinate payment for care services. Learn how to make a care plan that will help you stay organized and provide quality care.

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  • 5 Benefits of Hiring In-Home Care for an Elderly Parent

    If you have concerns about a senior’s ability to live independently or your responsibilities as their sole caregiver, consider both the tangible and intangible benefits of hiring in-home care.

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  • How and When to Update a Senior’s Care Plan

    Once a geriatric care plan has been established, it should be reviewed and updated periodically to ensure its continued effectiveness for the senior, their primary caregiver and other members of the care team.

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  • Needs-Based VA Benefits Get New Eligibility Rules

    2018 updates to VA eligibility rules use net worth limits, spend-down restrictions and a lookback period to determine eligibility for benefits like the basic veterans pension, aid & attendance pension and survivors pension.

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  • Caring for Your Parent: An Action Plan for Adult Children

    When your aging Mom or Dad needs help, the role of family caregiver can seem overwhelming. Use this five-step plan to ensure you’re prepared to care for an aging parent.

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  • Why Seniors Refuse Help

    Aging parents are often resistant to receiving assistance from their grown children—even (and sometimes especially) when they desperately need it. Researchers shed light on why convincing an older adult to accept help can be so tricky.

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  • Questions and Answers About Independent Living Communities

    Also known as retirement communities, independent living enables self-sufficient seniors to enjoy a social atmosphere, amenities, services and activities without any of the responsibilities and maintenance that come with home ownership.

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  • Can Couples Live Together in Senior Housing Communities?

    Many independent living communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities and memory care centers can accommodate senior couples who wish to live together, even if each spouse has different care needs.

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  • Caring for a Senior With Alzheimer's At Home: Tips & Strategies

    When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, some families make the decision to care for them at home. Incorporate these caregiving tips and strategies into your daily routine.

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