Advancements in medical science have resulted in steadily increasing life expectancy.
As we age, our health problems become chronic as we suffer from degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or arthritis.
Chronic disease often leads to some degree of disability, creating an ever increasing need and demand for long-term care services.
Our ability to function is measured by our ability to perform the following activities of daily living:
Bathing: Cleaning the body using a tub, shower or sponge bath, including getting a basin of water, managing faucets, getting in and out of tub or shower, reaching head and body parts for soaping, rinsing, and drying.
Dressing: Putting on and taking off, fastening and unfastening garments and undergarments and special devices such as back or leg braces, corsets, elastic stocking/garments and artificial limbs or splints.
Toileting: Getting on and off a toilet or commode and emptying a commode, managing clothing and wiping and cleaning the body after toileting, and using and emptying a bedpan and urinal.
Continence: The ability to control bowel and bladder as well as use ostomy and/or catheter receptacles, and apply diapers and disposable barrier pads.
Transferring: Moving from one sitting or lying position to another sitting or lying position; e.g., from bed to or from a wheelchair, or sofa, coming to a standing position and/or repositioning to promote circulation and prevent skin breakdown.
Eating: Reaching for, picking up, grasping a utensil and cup; getting food on a utensil, bringing food, utensil and cup to mouth; manipulating food on a plate; and cleaning face and hands as necessary following meals.
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