Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) Law and Legal Definition
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living refer to a series of life functions necessary for maintaining a person's immediate environment. They include managing money, shopping, telephone use, travel in community, housekeeping, preparing meals, and taking medications correctly. It measures an elderly or mentally handicapped or terminally ill person’s ability to live independently. Increasing inability to perform IADLs may result in the need for care facility placement.