Instrumental ADLs

  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Defined

    Unlike basic activities of daily living (ADLs) that relate to personal care and are central to day-to-day function, IADLs are more complex tasks that are necessary for truly independent living.

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  • How to Determine a Senior Needs Help at Home

    Admitting the need for assistance is not easy for people as they age. So, how will you know when your aging parent needs help at home? One thing is certain: Mom and Dad aren’t likely to be the ones who tell you!

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  • In-Home Services That Help Seniors Continue to Live at Home

    Most older adults want to age in place, but this can be challenging as their abilities decline with age. Individual services like meal delivery or housekeeping and more comprehensive in-home care services can provide assistance for seniors living at home.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Medication Management Top Tips: Persuading a Senior to Take Their Meds

    Family caregivers are often tasked with managing a senior’s medications. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ tips and advice for convincing elders to adhere to their prescribed medication regimens.

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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 an elder care team, create a printable daily care plan, and find the support you need to implement a successful caregiving strategy.

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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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  • 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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  • Help Seniors Who've Lost Sense of Smell, Hearing, Vision

    Older adults often start to lose their senses as they age, making them more susceptible to injury and harm.

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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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  • 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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  • 10 Things You Should Know About Your Elderly Parent's Finances

    Would you know what to do if you suddenly had to take over managing money and paying bills for your parent? Here are 10 things you need to know before assuming this responsibility.

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  • Senior Nutrition: How to Tell if a Loved One Is Eating

    As we age, eating often becomes more of a chore than a pleasure. Look for these signs that a senior is not eating well and use these tips to prevent malnutrition.

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  • What to Do When a Senior Refuses to Bathe and Change Their Clothes

    When it comes to caring for the elderly, hygiene issues are surprisingly common. Determining why their personal hygiene habits have changed is the best way to devise a successful strategy for getting a senior to bathe and wear clean clothes.

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  • How to Help a Senior Manage Multiple Medications

    Elders who take several medications are at an increased risk for prescription drug misuse, but there are ways to help an aging loved one avoid health issues caused by medication side effects, skipped doses and doubled doses.

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  • Should Your Elderly Parent Continue Living at Home?

    Evaluate your elderly parent's ability to age in place by conducting a thorough assessment to determine if they are physically and mentally able to continue living in their own home.

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  • Caregiver Statistics: Facts about Family Caregivers

    Millions of Americans step into the role of family caregiver without really thinking about this label or fully understanding the responsibilities that come with it.

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