Assessments of functional status can
help in determination of the appropriate care setting for an individual
to live in.
Often divided into "activities of daily living" (ADLs) and
"instrumental activities of daily living" (IADLs).
- Maintain fecal and urinary continence
- Manage medications
- Manage finances
- Use phone or other communication devices
- Do laundry
- Fix meals
- Perform basic housekeeling
- Go shopping
for assessment forms in both of these domains.
- "Independent living centers" are appropriate for individuals who
need occasional assistance with IADLs
- "Assisted living facilities" are appropriate for individuals who
need ongoing assistance with IADLs
- Skilled nursing facilities aka nursing homes are appropriate for
individuals who need ongoing assistance with ADLs
(Sources include Core Content Review of Family Medicine, 2012)