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

    Senior living communities of all kinds should conduct a needs assessment that measures potential residents’ physical and cognitive abilities. This evaluation ensures 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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  • 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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  • 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 determine a senior’s ability to be self-sufficient and what services are needed to support living independently.

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

    Get advice on how to discuss long-term care planning, form your care team, create a caregiving strategy with a printable care plan template, get real care plan examples, and find elder care professionals who can help you execute your plan.

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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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  • Questions and Answers About Independent Living

    Independent living within a planned retirement community gives elders the chance to participate in community life, pursue activities based entirely on their interests and preferences and dine at restaurants if they don't want to cook.

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  • Can Couples Live Together in Senior Housing?

    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

    When caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, each day brings unique challenges, changing abilities and new patterns of behavior. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to facilitate caring for your loved one at home.

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  • Signs That It’s Time for a Senior to Move to Assisted Living

    Most seniors wish to age in place in their own homes, but sometimes the best option for keeping an aging loved one safe, healthy and active is to consider a move to an assisted living community.

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