Maple Leaf HomeCare Services

What are ADLs and IADLs?

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) describe basic tasks essential for day-to-day functioning. These include tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and toileting. Many seniors who require help with such activities are largely independent, but may require help with one or two ADLs. In some cases, intermittent help from a family member or friend may be sufficient. However, at times when family or friends are unavailable and scheduling these activities is critical, informal arrangements may not suffice. This is where an in-home care aide can make a life-changing difference.
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) are those activities which are less basic than the traditional ADLs. IADLs, nevertheless, are important in enhancing a client’s quality of life. IADLs include activities such as shopping, paying bills, household chores (cleaning, laundry), and meal preparation. Many seniors require assistance with IADLs rather than ADLs. Some seniors want someone to escort them when they are shopping to help avoid falling. Other seniors may welcome assistance with their bill paying and medical appointments. Maple Leaf offers an array of companionship and in-home care services to assist our clients with the IADLs.

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