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Q: ADLs vs. IADLs

A: Searching for a home care agency can be a daunting task, and all the confusing healthcare jargon can make it even more difficult. There are two acronyms in particular that are often used by healthcare personnel that are important to know. They are ADLs and IADLs. Both are used to determine the level of assistance one may need to perform daily activities in order to remain in their homes and function in their communities. But what exactly is the difference between them?

ADL's (Activities of Daily Living) refers to activities we "normally" do everyday which includes:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming
  • Eating
  • Toilet Hygiene
  • Mobility/Transferring

IADL's (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living) refers to activities that allow us to function independently in the community:

  • Shopping
  • Cooking
  • Housekeepin
  • Financial Management
  • Transportation
  • Medication Management

When determining whether or not you or someone you love should look into home care services, observe for a decline in several of above mentioned areas in addition to weight loss, poor appetite/hygiene, depression and withdraw from family and friends. Home care services allow individuals to maintain independence and enjoy life from the comfort of their own home. It also alleviates some of the burden family members take on when caring for elderly or disabled loved ones.

For more questions about home care services, call Divine Home Care at 412-777-9740 or visit www.divinehomecarepa.com.

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