ADL’s

Activities of Daily Living (ADL's)  can be difficult to keep on top of when experiencing chronic pain and fatigue and related.   This can cause a lot of stress, and promote over dependence on others.  Which is not good for your self esteem or your recovery.

Fortunately, if you are struggling with ADL's, you can make things easier for yourself if you follow some simple core daily routines, and if you simplify and adapt the way you do things.  This will reduce your dependence on others, although if severely fatigued or in pain, you may need to accept some practical support and assistance.  

So what are ADL's?

ADLs (activities of daily living) are the things   we normally do in daily living including any daily activity we perform for self-care such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, work, homemaking, and leisure. The ability or inability to perform ADLs can be used as a very practical measure of ability/disability in many disorders.  Your level of ability/disabilty needs to be considered when fine tuning your Wellness Plan,   

 

ADL checklist.

Function Can do needs Help dependent doesn't do

Bathing

       
Dressing        
Grooming        
Oral Care        
Toileting        
Transferring        
Walking        
Climbing Stairs        
Eating        
Shopping        
Cooking        
Managing Medications        
Using the Phone        
Housework        
Doing Laundry        
Driving        
Managing Finances        

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