Activities of Daily Living (Elder Law) Law and Legal Definition

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.