Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Articles

  • Activities of Daily Living Defined

    The 6 activities of daily living (ADLs) are used as important measures for determining the level of care a senior requires and their eligibility for services and financial assistance.

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  • Activities of Daily Living: Why This Measure Matters

    Activities of daily living an important measure used to determine the level of care a senior requires. A functional assessment of their ability to independently perform ADLs will help determine next steps.

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  • Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home

    Your aging parents think they can still take care of themselves, but, if you’re noticing any of these red flags, it is time to consider hiring in-home care.

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  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Defined

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

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  • Personal Care Plans: The Secret to Confident Caregiving

    Family caregivers require adequate structure and support in order to meet all of their aging loved ones’ needs and make time for their own self-care. Learn how to create an effective care plan to provide the best quality of care.

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  • Benefits of Hiring In-Home Care for an Older Adult

    Professional caregivers provide seniors with physical assistance, as well as help with the emotional and routine aspects of daily life. In-home care provides invaluable mental and physical benefits for caregivers and seniors alike.

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

    Once a care plan has been established, it should be reviewed and updated periodically in order to ensure its effectiveness for both the senior and their caregiver.

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  • Needs-Based VA Benefits Get New Eligibility Rules

    Beginning 10/18/2018, the VA will use new guidelines, such as 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 you first realize you may have to take care of your aging parent(s), the task can seem overwhelming. Here's an easy-to-follow action plan for adult children to follow.

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  • In-Home Services That Can Help Seniors Continue to Live Independently

    Most seniors wish to continue living in their own homes, but this can be challenging as abilities wane with age. Individual services like meal delivery and more comprehensive in-home care can enable a loved one to age in place safely.

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  • Adult Day Care Can Fill a Gap for Seniors and Their Caregivers

    The benefits of adult day care services are twofold. Your aging parent can enjoy social opportunities, activities and added safety, while you are free to work, run errands, attend appointments or savor some respite time.

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  • Equipment and Products for Aging in Place

    Aging in place is a growing trend in which seniors plan to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. Specialized elder care products can help seniors extend their independence and improve their safety and comfort as their needs increase.

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

    How-to help an Alzheimer's patient dress. Alzheimer's can turn even the simplest of tasks into great trials. In the middle and later stages of the disease, many people have difficulty dressing themselves.

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  • What happens if someone with dementia forgets to check the mailbox and pay the bills?

    If your elderly father forgets pick up the mail, a daily money manager might be able to help.

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  • Warning Signs That Your Parent's Finances Are Off Track

    Money can be a sticky subject to discuss with your aging parents. If you’re noticing any of these red flags, it may be time to step in and assist in managing their finances.

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  • When Is it Time to Hire In-Home Care?

    Family members are often responsible for providing seniors with supportive care, but the ability to recognize when it is time to hire outside help is beneficial for everyone involved.

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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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  • Tips for Dressing Someone with Parkinson's

    Helping a loved one get dressed and manage personal hygiene can be two very difficult aspects of a Parkinson's caregiver's duties. These practical tips can help simplify and speed up your loved one's daily care routine.

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  • Parkinson’s Patients Explore Movement Through Dance

    Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be extremely disruptive to a person's activities of daily living. One promising therapy is a simple physical exercise—dance. Explore what movement can bring to people diagnosed with Parkinson's.

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

    Before an elder moves in to any type of senior living community, the facility should conduct a thorough, first-hand assessment of the elderly person's physical and cognitive health.

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