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What ADLs do Caregivers Help Complete?

Activities of daily living (ADLs) are the tasks your parents must be able to do in order to age at home safely. The list is used to decide when a person is unable to handle the main tasks in a self-care routine.


Elderly Care in Alabaster AL: Activities Of Daily Living (ADLs)

Elderly Care in Alabaster AL: Activities Of Daily Living (ADLs)


The seven key items are:

  • Bathing/Showering
  • Grooming (Brushing teeth, brushing/combing hair, trimming nails, etc.)
  • Getting Dressed
  • Toileting (Using a toilet, cleaning up after, and standing back up.)
  • Transferring (Being able to walk from room to room, sitting down, standing up after sitting down, and getting in and out of bed.)
  • Feeding oneself and drinking from a cup


In addition to ADLs, you also have instrumental activities of daily living.

While they are not essential to self-care, they are important. They cover tasks like cooking a meal or snack, paying bills, shopping for groceries and other essentials, and keeping the house clean and organized. They shouldn’t carry as much weight when deciding if it’s time for your parents to have caregivers, but they should be considered.


Personal Tasks That Caregivers Offer

If your mom or dad struggle with showers, caregivers can help them get in and out without falling. They can assist them with bathing if needed. They can help brush and floss teeth, brush and style hair, and get your parent dressed.

Your mom or dad gain someone to help them trim the nails on their fingers and toes. They have a helper for applying skin moisturizer to prevent dry, cracked skin. They also have someone for medication reminders and appointment scheduling.

Caregivers help with toileting, mobility, transportation, and feeding. One of the more important services you may not realize your parents need is companionship. Caregivers are companions. They’re a shoulder to cry on and someone to chat with. They can help ease loneliness and isolation.


Household Tasks That Caregivers Help Complete

As mobility changes, you may find your parents have a harder time keeping up with household chores like laundry, dishes, and sweeping. Caregivers help with this. They can change and launder your parents’ bedding, mop floors, and clean the counters.

You’ll also find that caregivers are helpful for keeping up with dust. If your mom or dad has allergies or asthma, this service can be very helpful. Caregivers also cook meals, do dishes, create grocery lists, and take your parents shopping.

The best way to see what caregivers can do for your parents is by calling an agency. You’ll be able to discuss your parents’ strengths and weaknesses and arrange the right home care plan for their needs. If those needs change, the services are easily revised. Call now.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elderly Care in Alabaster, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.

Susan Smith

Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.She began her entrepreneurial journey more than a decade ago by opening an accounting firm in 2005.In November of 2015 a very dear friend and client passed away, Steve Baldwin.Mr. Baldwin owned and operated a successful senior home care business in the Birmingham area. Susan had spent many hours over a span of several years with Mr. Baldwin discussing, strategizing and learning the senior care industry with him. After his passing, Susan’s heart went out to his clients and their caregivers.Her wish was to continue the caring legacy that he had shared with her.In October of 2016, Susan purchased and renamed the business to Senior Legacy to honor her old friend and as a reminder that pouring our lives into others is our true legacy.

Susan still owns and operates a successful accounting firm in Pelham.She believes that the combination of her business experience and compassion for others is a perfect blend to grow Senior Legacy into a leader in the senior home care industry.Susan is committed to the further growth of Senior Legacy’s clients, employees, and surrounding community.

Susan has four wonderful children, and three amazing grandkids.She loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling and gardening in her down time.