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Activities of daily living as used in elder law refers to the activities usually performed for oneself in the course of a normal day. For example, bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, toileting and the like. People may need assistance with ADLs regardless of their living arrangements. Such assistance may usually be performed by a family member, a home health aide or attendant, or a nurse's aide in a nursing facility.
Inability to perform a certain number of ADLs is a criteria used by many insurance companies to determine eligibility for benefits.