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activeties of daily living are indicator of mental and physical wellbeing

activeties of daily living are indicator of mental and physical wellbeing This term refers to the range of activities undertaken by us all in our day-to-day lives. Attention is paid as to how a person copes with daily-life occupations in the areas of work, leisure and self-care. These activities are usually categorised under the following headings: • mobility: the ability to move either independently or with assistance • personal care: bathing, toileting, dressing and grooming, eating • domestic care: menu-planning, budgeting, cognition, shopping, cooking, household chores including cleaning, laundry and basic home maintenance • community skills: use transport, making appointments, paying bills • leisure: interests and hobbies, social interaction, creative expression • work/education/voluntary/carer for others: performance skills, concentration, tolerance, attention to detail and care in work. Activities of daily living (ADLs) are used both as an assessment of functional level and as a treatment medium in both hospital and community settings. The ability to undertake ADLs is a significant indicator of mental and physical wellbeing and therefore contributes a vital aspect to mental health care and therapeutic interventions.

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