Activities of Daily Living (ADL's)

Activities of Daily Living, or “ADLs” as they are referred to in the caregiver profession are an important part of the caregiver role within an assisted living facility.  More particularly, ADLs are important because they invigorate a resident’s mind and body.  As a caregiver or manager of an assisted living home it is vital that you promote the use of ADLs as part of a residents daily routine.  ADLs can encompass a variety of activities from walking, bathing, and washing dishes to folding laundry.  Keep in mind however, that part of your job as a caregiver is to document any ADLs that a resident participates in.  Likewise, any activity you promote for a resident should be consistent with their level of care and service plan.  More on this later.