Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Assessments
An Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Assessment is performed by an Occupational Therapist and involves assessment of a person’s independence and safety in performing personal and domestic activities in the home.
This may include their ability to mobilise within the home; shower; dress; undertake personal hygiene tasks; and perform domestic tasks such as cleaning, cooking, laundry, gardening and other activities which they typically perform.
Benefits of an ADL Assessment
An ADL Assessment is used to maximise a person’s independence and safety in the home and in some cases, facilitate recovery of injury.
This can be achieved by:
- Provision of aids/equipment
- Home modifications
- Provision of functional education in use of adapted techniques or self-pacing of activities
- Provision of external domestic services such as cleaning and lawn mowing services
An ADL assessment can also be useful in injury prevention, by mitigating the risk of the symptomatic aggravation and maximising a person’s safety in the home.