Help With Activities of Daily Living | Bluebird Homecare
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What are Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)?

Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs, are the basic skills and tasks involved with everyday life, usually things we learned when we were very young. ADLs can also include what are known as Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), which are slightly more complex activities that are nonetheless vital to our personal independence and quality of life.


The Basic Activities of Daily Living (BADLs) are the essential tasks needed to take care of oneself, such as:


  • feeding
  • toileting
  • choosing appropriate clothing
  • getting dressed
  • grooming
  • bathing
  • walking
  • relocation (moving from a chair to a bed, getting out of bed, etc)


The Instrumental Activities of Daily Living are more complex tasks that allow us to take part in society:


  • balancing a checkbook and managing finances
  • providing or arranging your own transportation
  • managing communication (using the telephone, answering calls, etc)
  • managing medications (filling prescriptions, taking medicines on a regular schedule and in correct dosages)
  • shopping (getting groceries, personal items, household items, etc)
  • preparing food (Planning, preparing and serving fresh meals with adequate nutrition)
  • housekeeping (Cleaning, laundry, dishes, general tidying, etc)


How Can We Help?


As we age, performing both Basic and Instrumental ADLs can become more challenging, and struggling with what used to be easy can become frustrating.


At Bluebird Homecare, we believe that you can still maintain your independence, even if you need some extra help with everyday tasks and chores. With a professional caregiver on hand to help you when and where you need it, you can stay in your own home and maintain an independent lifestyle.


Contact us or call us at 855-246-2500 to learn more about how we can help you with ADLs.