Activities of Daily Living


ADLs are defined as “the things we normally do… such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, work, homemaking, and leisure. Assistive technology, equipment and devices may be used to enhance and increase independence in performing ADLs.

Activities of daily living (ADL) assessments look at a person’s ability to perform ADLs as a measurement of their functional status, particularly in regard to people with disabilities and the elderly. Younger children often require help from adults to perform ADLs, as they have not yet developed the skills necessary to perform them independently.