Activities of Daily Living

Activities of Daily Living (ADL) is an assessment of the worker’s level of functioning in relation to personal care and recreational and social activities. Undertaken by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, the assessment is usually conducted in a worker’s home environment.

The purpose of the assessment is to help reduce the impact of the injury on the worker and to facilitate their early return to normal activity. An ADL assessment can also provide an indicator of functional tolerances for determining work capacity

When is an ADL assessment needed?

An ADL may be required:

  • after a worker has suffered a serious injury
  • if a worker is struggling to maintain their independence because of their injury
  • if there is a risk that a worker’s everyday activities may aggravate their injury
  • to plan for a worker’s return home following major surgery.

What will an ADL assessment involve?

Typically, an ADL may involve:

  • identifying the person’s ability to perform daily functions such as personal care, household tasks, home maintenance and child care
  • educating the person on safe, simple and efficient ways to complete their daily tasks
  • promoting an increase in functional ability/physical tolerance by instigating a graduated home activity program
  • determining the need for equipment, therapeutic aids and appliances to assist with daily tasks
  • determining if there is a need for housing modifications.

Following the assessment the therapist will coordinate any necessary modifications or equipment required and document this in a report. To find out more, contact the Mile End Clinic on (08) 8354 9200 or email us.

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