When considering how aging is affecting your parents, consider Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Basic ADL activities are typically listed as:
Bathing or Showering
Personal Hygiene and Grooming
If they have issues that make it difficult or impossible for them to take care of these ADLs independently, it is time you need to find them the appropriate help. Whether it’s providing care (you or someone else who is qualified) or investing in the proper equipment and accessories to help them continue doing daily tasks independently, be aware that there are many choices and options available.
Other types of daily living activities related to independent functioning are called instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). IADLs most often refer to the following types of activities:
Cooking and Preparing Meals
Cleaning and Maintaining the Home
Shopping and Buying Necessities
Managing Money and Paying Bills
Speaking or Communicating on the Phone or Through Other Devices
Taking Prescribed Medications
It is important to the overall well-being of elderly parents that their IADLs are taken care of effectively and consistently. If there are obstacles or difficulties doing these independently, consider hiring help. Taking an honest look at the ways in which an elderly parent needs support is the first step. Then determine the possible solutions in order get them the help they need. Peruse our website to see how Mountain Home Care can help.