instrumental activities of daily living

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instrumental activities of daily living (IADL)

the activities often performed by a person who is living independently in a community setting during the course of a normal day, such as managing money, shopping, telephone use, travel in community, housekeeping, preparing meals, and taking medications correctly. Increasing inability to perform IADLs may result in the need for care facility placement. Compare activities of daily living.

instrumental activities of daily living

A series of life functions necessary for maintaining a person's immediate environment–eg, obtaining food, cooking, laundering, housecleaning, managing one's medications, phone use; IADL measures a person's–elderly, mentally handicapped or terminally ill ability to live independently. See Dependency.

in·stru·men·tal ac·tiv·i·ties of dai·ly liv·ing

(IADL) (in'strŭ-men'tăl ak-tiv'i-tēz dā'lē liv'ing)
Activities oriented to interactions with the environment, more complex than activities of daily living (ADL); usually optional or can be delegated (e.g., care of pets, financial management, meal preparation, clean up and shopping).
Synonym(s): personal activities of daily living.

instrumental activities of daily living

Abbreviation: IADL
Those activities and tasks beyond basic self-care that are necessary for living independently. These activities include communication, mobility, cooking, using the telephone, cleaning the house, doing laundry, shopping, going to the bank, and managing medications.
Synonym: extended activities of daily living See: activities of daily living; self-care
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