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5 tips to help Caregivers assist with ADLs

Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs, are routine activities that people tend to do everyday such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, walking and continence. According to the 2015 AARP Caregiving in the US report, almost 60 percent of caregivers assist their loved one with at least one ADL. Helping with an ADL can be challenging and sometimes result in frustration for both the caregiver and the recipient of care. Below are tips you can use to make completing ADLs a little easier.Elderly Woman Eating

  1. Eating- Cut food up before serving it. This will make chewing and swallowing more manageable, while also saving time at the table.
  2. Bathing- Give a sponge bath in between showers and tub baths. Sponge baths are more manageable for the caregiver and can be less stressful for the recipient.
  3. Dressing- Pick out a couple of clothing options and let your loved one choose what to wear. This encourages independence and minimizes the hassle of choosing between too many options.
  4. Toileting- Keep a regular bathroom schedule to ensure there are no accidents. In between bathroom breaks, look for signs your loved one may need to use the restroom.
  5. Walking- Complete daily exercises that will help strengthen muscles and improve balance. An All Care Home Health physical therapist can create an exercise plan tailored to your loved ones needs to help them regain their mobility.

Whatever activity you are helping to complete, remember to be patient and remain calm. Managing your stress level as a caregiver is the most important task you can do each day.

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