Occupational Therapy for Difficulties with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Common Activities of Daily Living Difficulties

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are basic self-care tasks that individuals typically perform on a daily basis. Difficulties in these activities can arise due to various reasons, such as aging, disability, injury, or illness. Common activities of daily living include:

Personal Hygiene






Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)


How can Occupational Therapy help?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a holistic approach to improving a person's ability to engage in the activities of daily living (ADLs). ADLs encompass routine tasks that individuals typically perform on a daily basis, such as bathing, dressing, eating, grooming, and mobility. Here's how occupational therapy can help with ADL difficulties:


Individualized Intervention

Adaptive Techniques and Equipment

Skill Development

Task Simplification

Environmental Modifications

Cognitive Strategies

Education and Training

Psychosocial Support

Progress Monitoring and Adjustment