The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) to assess a person’s ability and functional status.
ADLs for VA Purposes
ADLs are basic personal tasks that individuals do themselves on a daily basis to live independently. The VA defines ADLs as five activities:
- Using the toilet (continence), and
- Transferring (mobility as in transferring from a chair to standing).