Have you ever stopped to see what your dad is able to do independently? You may find certain tasks aren’t getting done correctly. Here are the activities seniors should be able to do but often struggle with.

Understand the Range of Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

There are things every adult should be able to do independently. These tasks are known as activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). When they cannot, caregivers or elderly care aides become necessary. Those with disabilities may find ADLs and IADLs to be a challenge, but caregivers can help make sure they’re completed.

Instrumental activities of daily living are not critical daily tasks, but they are important to function with others and maintain a home. These tasks include:

  • Cleaning and laundry
  • Cooking meals and shopping for groceries and other necessities
  • Driving, using public transportation, or arranging rides with a taxi or service
  • Remembering to take medications
  • Paying bills and handling banking needs
  • Scheduling and keeping appointments
  • Taking care of pets

Other tasks are essential to daily life. If you cannot do them, your quality of life would suffer. These are your ADLs, and they include:

  • Bathing/showering
  • Dressing properly for the weather and environment
  • Eating a meal
  • Grooming and personal hygiene like brushing and flossing the teeth
  • Transferring/mobility

How Can You Tell if Your Dad is Struggling?

If you and your dad are close, you can ask him to perform each task. You can check it off the list. If there are things he can’t easily do or refuses to attempt, those are the elderly care services he may benefit from.

Your dad may not want to cooperate. Some seniors are reluctant to admit they’re not as capable as they were in their youth. Don’t push it. Instead, watch him when you’re visiting. Stop by for a meal and see what he does. Ask if he wants to go out for lunch or dinner and say you’ll wait while he gets ready.

As your dad goes about his routines, keep an eye on what he does well and what he seems to struggle to complete. You may see he can’t walk down the stairs without really holding onto things. He may stop to catch his breath halfway down the stairs. He may put on a sweater even though it’s hot and humid outside. These are things you want to note as it can be a sign he needs help with ADLs and IADLs.

When you know what elderly care services may benefit your dad, take action. Call a home care agency and ask for more information.

When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider caregivers provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.