Activities of Daily Living, otherwise known as, "ADLs" are the core activities that a human must take part in during a day. The specific definition can vary depending on whom you are discussing this with. Insurance companies might see ADLs one way and medical practitioners may use a different definition.
The following is a pretty good start on the most popularly understood ADLs.
- - Bathing: The ability for one to safely bathe oneself (either by way of immersive bath or standing/sitting shower).
- - Eating: Manipulating food on a plate and the ability to bring it to the mouth safely.
- - Toileting: Getting to the toilet in time without accidental discharge. Seating and rising from the commode and post elimination self-cleaning. Dressing oneself again.
- - Grooming/Hygiene: Caring for one's appearance and incidental cleanliness.
- - Mobility: The ability to rise from a seated position, descend from a standing position and walk about freely without assistance.
- - Using transportation: Managing to leave the home using personal or public transportation to accomplish a a task or socialize.
- - Medication Management: Organizing and self-administration of routine medications at the correct times and in the proper amounts.
- - Meal Preparation: Creating a meal properly and cleaning after the fact.
- - Housekeeping: Maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of one's home without assistance. Does not include repairs.