Activities of Daily Living

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are defined as "the things we normally do... such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, work, homemaking, and leisure." Adaptive equipment and devices may be used to enhance and increase independence in performing ADLs.

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Basic ADLs consist of self-care tasks that include, but are not limited to:

One way to think about basic ADLs is that they 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.  These items may also be commonly known as Durable Medical Equipment (DME).

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