How are you with ADLs?
A lot of my support is to do with ADLS. I have a mixed record with them.
Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activities_of_daily_living
Basic ADLs (BADLs) consist of self-care tasks, including:
Bathing and showering (washing the body) No physical problems but only bath about once a month. Say it's because i don't like bath but motivation is an issue. Strip wash every 5 or so days Bowel and bladder management (recognizing the need to relieve oneself) No problem Dressing No physical problems but keep same clothes on for days.Have gone from one extreme to the other ie sleep in clothes whereas at one point i spent days in pyjamas(only dressing to go out) Eating (including chewing and swallowing) No physical problems Feeding (setting up food and bringing it to the mouth) Just a messy eater! Functional mobility (moving from one place to another while performing activities) Okay Personal device care Not sure what this means Personal hygiene and grooming (including brushing/combing/styling hair) See bathing. Not hot on grooming or dental care Toilet hygiene (completing the act of urinating/defecating) No problems
Although not in wide general use, one mnemonic that some consider useful is DEATH: dressing/bathing, eating, ambulating (walking), toileting, hygiene.
Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) are not necessary for fundamental functioning, but they let an individual live independently in a community:
Housework Struggling with this one. Find it hard to do by myself. Mixture of poor motivation and difficulty organising myself. Taking medications as prescribed Alright for fortnightly depot but not good if have to take daily oral meds Tendency to forget. Managing money Good so long as there are not changes to the way things have to be done. Shopping for groceries or clothing Mostly shop online . Rehab team come with me to get ingredients for cooking. Minimal clothes shopping. Use of telephone or other form of communication Ok with email not so good with phone. Mostly let people phone me. Using technology (as applicable) Can use a computer to access internet but not very technologically minded Transportation within the community Not good. Will only use buses on a familiar route for fear of getting off at wrong stop and getting lost. Alright at getting on trains from station to station but struggle to make my way around after leaving the arrival station itself. Have to rely on brother re going to my sister's in London. Tend to stick to comfort zone near to home. Rehab team supposed to be helping me with this but not much progress. Not mentioned but an ADL= preparing meal and cooking- Can do if not too many steps involved. Main problem lack of confidence and motivation.. Prefer things you can just shove in pot and put in oven. Still eating lots of ready meals and take aways.