Senior Care Professionals Can Help with the Activities of Daily Living

Senior care professionals use a common phrase, activities of daily living (ADLs), to discuss the everyday functions that seniors may or may not be able to complete on their own. The inability of elderly individuals to independently participate in activities of daily living indicates that they would benefit from home care services.

In Lexington, South Carolina, Betsy noticed that her mom was struggling with maintaining her personal hygiene and seemed to be ignoring her troubles, as she assumed they were just due to older age, and carried on with her life. Eventually, though, she started having difficulty walking up the stairs and preparing her meals. Finally, Marie’s daughter Betsy called in a senior care professional to discuss the challenges her mother was facing.

When determining the level of home care Marie needed, the senior care professional evaluated her ability to perform ADLs.

Senior Care Professionals Consider the Following Functions Necessary for Daily Life such as:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Grooming
  • Functional transfers, such as moving from a wheelchair to a bed or the toilet
  • Dressing /Undressing
  • Using the bathroom
  • Walking or moving about

In addition to having a difficult time with some of these ADLs, Marie also indicated that she wanted a senior care professional to assist in performing instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). Instrumental activities of daily living are not required for survival, but they are important in the lives of active seniors.

Senior Care Professionals Include the Following Under IADLs:

  • Taking medications as prescribed by a doctor
  • Shopping for food, clothing, and other items
  • Participating in community events
  • Keeping a clean home
  • Managing personal finances
  • Using telephones and other important technology, such as computers

With the help of a senior care professional, Marie can perform ADLs and IADLs while maintaining the active lifestyle that she has come to love. Marie and Betsy are both happy with their decision to hire a senior care professional. Betsy feels at peace knowing that her mom’s needs are being met and as a result, Marie is able to continue aging in a place that she loves without having to compromise her independence or safety.

How can our senior care professionals help you understand when your loved one needs assistance?

At Always Best Care of the Midlands, we understand that knowing when your elderly loved one needs care can be confusing and frustrating and we are dedicated to helping you and your loved one find the best care possible. If you would like more information about senior care for your elderly loved one please contact Charlene Richardson at (803) 603-6935, via email [email protected] or visit our website at