Living in an Independent Living Community

There are certain basic abilities that are necessary to live safely on one’s own without help from caregivers. The skills needed for independent living can be divided into two categories — activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).

Activities of Daily Living

ADLs are the things we normally do on a daily basis, including any daily activity we perform for self-care. These are tasks that are absolutely necessary for someone to live independently. The following are examples of ADLs.

  • Bathing
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Eating
  • Transferring from bed to chair, and back
  • Voluntarily control of urinary and fecal discharge
  • Using the toilet
  • Walking (not bedridden)

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

IADLs are not absolutely necessary for fundamental functioning, but they allow an individual to live independently within a community. The following are the six IADLs.

  • Light housework
  • Preparing meals
  • Taking medications
  • Shopping for groceries or clothes
  • Using the telephone
  • Managing money

Find Out if Independent Living is Right For You

For more information about whether you could live in an independent living community, call a national senior living advisor at the number listed above.