Activities of Daily Living are the focus of occupational therapy Dyer IN
One of the primary jobs of Occupational Therapists is to enable seniors to lead more independent lives by assisting them to continue to perform the functions of everyday life. Activities of Daily Living is a term used in occupational therapy Dyer IN to describe everyday self-care activities that take place in a person’s home environment. Activities of daily living or ADLs are those things we normally do in our lives to take care of ourselves and our home.
bathing and showering
personal hygiene and grooming
Instrumental ADLs are tasks that are not necessary for fundamental functioning, but they allow a person to live independently in a community:
shopping for groceries and other necessities
using the phone
transportation within the community
Other instrumental Activities of Daily Living that may be assessed by an occupational therapist include tasks that may be shared with others, including:
care of others
care of pets
meal preparation and cleanup
safety and emergency procedures
After the assessment an Occupational Therapist addresses the needs of the patient using the following methods: adapting the environment, modifying the task itself, or re-teaching the skill.