Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) are those activities that allow an individual to live independently in a community. They are a more complex set of skills needed in order to live.
The ability to complete IADLs can be affected by various medical conditions, such as dementia, stroke or following prolonged hospitalization. Some individuals may be able to perform IADLs with minimal assistance, while others may need more extensive help.
Examples of IADL’s are:
- Use the phone
- Shop for groceries
- Plan, heat and serve own meals
- Manage medications
- Clean your house or apartment
- Get around independently either by car, taxi or public transportation
- Managing finances