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What Are Activities of Daily Living?

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Needing assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) is often one of the early signs that a senior may need assisted living. Assisted living was created specifically to help seniors with daily living activities to enjoy a greater degree of independence. Family members are often happy to help their elders with occasional errands and chores. However, this can become cumbersome over time, especially for those who still work a full-time job or do not live very close. Seniors may also be hesitant to ask their loved ones for help for fear of being a burden. If you or a loved one would benefit from assistance with ADLs, look into senior care options in Texas that offer assisted living services.

Buckner Retirement Services is proud to provide a full continuum of care for seniors, including assisted living. Our friendly, professional staff assists seniors with ADLs as needed so that family members can enjoy peace of mind that their loved one is well taken care of. Call us today at 214.227.7182 to learn more about how our assisted living options can benefit you or a senior you love.

Activities of Daily Living for Seniors

As you search for the ideal senior living community, you will likely encounter unfamiliar terms. You may sometimes see the abbreviation ADLs, which refers to activities of daily living. These are the tasks a person completes as part of their daily routines. Some of the most common ADLs of seniors are:

  • Bathing
  • Preparing meals
  • Eating
  • Getting dressed
  • Grooming
  • Using the restroom
  • Walking

As you can see from the above list, ADLs are essential daily self-care activities. If a senior can no longer perform daily living activities independently, it can impair their quality of life. As a senior, you want to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, leading you to struggle through these activities because you do not want to ask for help. This is a particular challenge if you live alone and do not have a partner, family member, or roommate in your home that can help you each day.

How Assisted Living Supports Daily Living Activities

Some families opt to hire a home health aide to assist with ADLs for seniors. This option allows you to remain in your home while receiving help from a healthcare professional. Although this may be convenient, there are benefits to assisted living that you will not find from a home health aide or family member:

  • Staff at an assisted living facility are specially trained to assist with ADLs, ensuring your safety and preventing unintentional injuries, particularly with physical tasks such as bathing and dressing. While well-intentioned, some family members may not have the strength or agility to lift and lower you.
  • Assisted living communities have an entire staff of people to help you. A staff of multiple workers ensures that you have care around the clock and no one takes on the full responsibility alone. If you rely on a family member or one home health aide, they are more susceptible to burnout.
  • Assisted living allows you to enjoy a more independent lifestyle since you can get the help you need from the facility’s staff and do not need to ask family members for support.

As you age, it is natural to want to retain your sense of independence, and you may not feel comfortable relying on family all the time. Assisted living is often the best option for you and your loved ones so you can receive the help you need when you need it without feeling like you are putting anyone out.

Buckner Retirement Services: Providing Assistance for All ADLs of Seniors

When you need a little assistance with daily living activities but want to maintain some independence, you can count on assisted living at Buckner Retirement Services. We offer a full continuum of care so you can enjoy all the perks of every level of care right on-site at our luxury senior living communities. Reach out to us today at 214.227.7182 to take a tour and find your new senior home.