Glossary


Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Everyday functions and activities that most individuals can perform without assistance and that are essential to self-care and independent living. The inability to perform two or more ADLs without substantial assistance is one of the two benefit triggers recognized by most long term care plans; cognitive impairment is the other. Most long term care insurance uses the following six activities of daily living (ADLs): bathing, continence, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring (moving about, getting in and out of bed or a chair).