What are the Activities of Daily Living?

 In Asset Protection Planning, Elder Law, Health, Long-Term Care

The Activities of Daily Living are a series of basic activities performed by individuals on a daily basis which are necessary for independent living at home or in the community. There are multiple variations on the definition of the activities of daily living, but most organizations agree that there are 5 basic categories:

  1. Personal hygiene – bathing/showering, grooming, nail care and oral care
  2. Dressing – the ability to make appropriate clothing decisions and physically dress/undress oneself
  3. Eating – the ability to feed oneself, though not necessarily the capability to prepare food
  4. Maintaining continence – both the mental and physical capacity to use a restroom, including the ability to get on and off the toilet and cleaning oneself
  5. Transferring/Mobility – moving oneself from seated to standing, getting in and out of bed, and the ability to walk independently from one location to another.
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