If pain or another medical condition is impairing your ability to perform an ADL or IADL, that can be an indication that occupational therapy intervention is warranted.

Activities of daily living (ADLS)

ADLs are basic self-care tasks that include:

  • Bathing/Showering
  • Toileting and Toilet Hygiene
  • Dressing
  • Eating/Swallowing
  • Feeding- refers to setting up, arranging and bringing food to the mouth. 
  • Functional mobility such as getting into the tub, getting out of bed, moving from room to room
  • Personal Hygiene and Grooming 

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLS) 

IADLs refer to activities that support daily life and are oriented toward interacting with your environment. These include:

  • Driving and Community Mobility
  • Financial Management
  • Home Management laundry, housework, etc.
  • Meal Preparation and Clean Up
  • Medication Management
  • Shopping
  • Rest and Sleep
  • Leisure
  • Social Participation