A functional assessment involves three goals. One is to help older person continue to function in her environment (stay at level of care)
The second goal is to help older person better function in his environment. The last goal is to find areas where he or she not functioning well –
A functional assessment involves two parts. We have already covered Activities of Daily Living. We are now going to look at Instrumental activities of daily living.
IADL’s Instrumental Activities of Daily Living are more complex functions, like shopping. Being able to do these IADL’s indicate that the older person can live independently (making a list, get to the store, push cart, follow list, drive or get home by some means, unload groceries, put away)
Lawton ‘s IADLs broken into 8 parts
ü food preparation
ü mode of transportaion
We will now start to cover these IADLs and how the aging professional can most expertly do that section of a functional assessment of an older client.