Activities of Daily Living (ADL) assessments evaluate an individual’s level of independence and function in relation to personal care, leisure, and social activities. The purpose of the assessment is to help reduce the impact of injury and illness for the individual; and to facilitate their earliest return to independence and pre-injury functions.

These assessments are typically completed by Occupational Therapists and will most regularly be conducted within the individual’s residential environment.

Accordingly, Occupational Therapists look to manage inherent environmental challenges through the modification, substitution, or elimination of task performance requirements, and by doing so can produce greater functionality for the individual improving their biopsychosocial well-being.

Furthermore, an ADL assessment can also provide an indicator of functional tolerances for determining work capacity.


When is an ADL assessment needed?

  • After an individual has suffered a significant injury or illness

  • If an individual is struggling to regain and/or maintain their independence because of their condition

  • If there is a risk that an individual’s everyday activities may exacerbate their condition

  • To plan for a individual’s post-operative return to their residential environment

What is an ADL assessment likely to involve?

  • Identifying the person’s ability to perform daily functions such as personal care, household chores, maintenance and/or child care

  • Educating the person on safe, simple and efficient ways to complete their activities independently

  • Promoting an increase in functional ability/physical tolerance by establishing a graded home activity program

  • Determining the need for equipment, therapeutic aids and appliances to assist with task performance

  • Determining if there is a need for permanent support and/or modifications

What an ADL assessment produces?

  • A clear illustration of an individual’s biopsychosocial status and functional limitations that are impeding an independent capacity   

  • A full assessment report completed within 5 to 7 working days of assessment providing practical recommendations regarding action plans required to promote ongoing independence and reduced condition aggravation risks

  • Professional advocacy for support with equipment, modifications and services procurement following formal approval receipt.

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