ADLs (activities of daily living): 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.

In people who need help or are more dependant, it is a good idea to try and increase independence.  This can usually be achieved by simplifying and adapting lifestyle and home environments and identifying obstacles and the triggers that are making activities painful or difficult to do.  Then doing things to remedy this as much as possible. 

Improving independence and finding ways to achieve the 8 dimensions of wellness, even in an adapted and simplified way, will improve your well being, quality and enjoyment of life.

ADL checklist.

Function independent needs Help dependent does not 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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