Activities of Daily Living


  • The activities that a person does on a normal day which can include: cooking and eating meals, using a toilet, bathing, dressing and undressing, moving around the house, and getting in and out of bed or a chair. The level of ability with which a person is capable of performing these activities is measured to define the functional status of a person.

autonomous, independency


Alternate Spellings

Related Terms and Acronyms

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