I think I need help. How do I know for sure?
We have provided an online assessment tool to score activities of daily living (ADLs) in the home. Activities of daily living (ADLs or ADL) is a term used in healthcare to refer to people's daily self-care activities. Basic ADLs consist of self-care tasks that include, but are not limited to:
- Bathing and showering
- Personal hygiene and grooming (including brushing/combing/styling hair)
- Toilet hygiene (getting to the toilet, cleaning oneself, and getting back up)
- Functional mobility, often referred to as "transferring,” as measured by the ability to walk, get in and out of bed, and get into and out of a chair; the broader definition (moving from one place to another while performing activities) is useful for people with different physical abilities who are still able to get around independently
- Self-feeding (not including cooking or chewing and swallowing)
Basic ADLs are the things many people do when they get up in the morning and get ready to go out of the house: get out of bed, go to the toilet, bathe, dress, groom, and eat.
The Aware Senior Care “Live Well at Home Self-Assessment” will not only help identify the ADLs a person may need help with, but will also help them to determine whether or not they need help. This is often the toughest decision to make – accepting help in the home. A score of 7 or higher indicates that some help is a good idea.
At your request, this information will be evaluated by an Aware Senior Care registered nurse as part of a formal in-home assessment for home care.
We do suggest you use this tool, but ultimately we recommend you call us to talk so we can help you. We will listen first, and then ask a series of questions to understand your needs, your goals, and your ability to finance care. We will also explain what we can do and more importantly, what we can’t do to help you assess our ability to meet your needs.