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6 Activities of Daily Living

Tool to assess level on independence in completing the 6 ADLs

Activities of Daily Living



Six activities of daily living (ADLs) are everyday tasks that are essential for basic functioning and independence. The Katz Index offers a framework for evaluating these essential activities, guiding families in recognizing when and what kind of support might be required. It encompasses these six key activities:


1.     Bathing

2.     Dressing

3.     Eating

4.     Transferring

5.     Toileting

6.     Continence


Each activity is an integral part of daily life, and difficulties in performing one or more can indicate the need for additional support. Download a copy of the Katz ADL Index to start your evaluation and monitoring process.

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