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Knowing When It’s Time for Assistance: Episode 2 – Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

Dec 1, 2021 | When Is the Right Time For Assistance Info Series

December 1, 2021


Episode 2

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

We all want our independence, but as we age, it may become increasingly difficult to maintain.

When that time comes, how can you be certain of the level of care that’s needed?

In our first episode of this series, we discussed the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) as a method of determining a person’s need for care.

In this, the second episode of the series, we discuss the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, or IADL.

IADL involves five additional daily activities that determine a person’s ability to live independently.  

These activities include:

  • Paying bills
  • Cleaning the house
  • Cooking for yourself
  • Transporting yourself outside the house
  • Socializing

Each category is scored “1” (capable), or “0” (not capable).

The higher the score, the more independent the person.

Like ADLs, the early identification of IADLs is important.

Tore’s Home Services strongly believes, and has experienced, that receiving assistance with IADLs early, before the situation becomes urgent …

can postpone the need for facility care and therefore, allow people to stay longer in their own homes.

If you are experiencing problems with any of these IADL activities, you may need assistance.

Tore’s Home (facilities) and Tore’s Home Services (home care) can help by providing virtually any care level needed.

Tore’s Home Services include two major components:

1. Traditional:

This program is designed for clients who have some support by a family member living close to the person needing assistance.

2. Comprehensive:

This program is designed for people who do not have strong support locally and who want Tore’s Home Services to become their “family”.

Tore’s Home (facilities) includes the following care levels:

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
  • Extended Care
  • End-of-Life Care

But that’s only the beginning of what makes Tore’s Home different from other elder care facilities.

Unlike nursing homes and large impersonal facilities, Tore’s Home offers a distinct, family-like atmosphere.

Our homes are small, intimate, and secure. Located in quiet, residential neighborhoods, each home has only 6 to 12 residents.

Keeping our homes small allows our caregivers to provide residents with a more personalized, and customized level of care.

A more loving, personal, and customized care in a small, family-like atmosphere … that’s what makes Tore’s Home different.  

If you or a loved one needs help completing daily routines and activities, call Tore’s Home for a 

FREE, no-obligation consultation.

We’re here to help make the aging process a little easier.

(828) 884-5007


Knowing When It May Be Time for Assisted Living,

When to Move from to Assisted Living, Elaine K. Howley, Aug. 9, 2019,

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, Hui Jun Guo, Amit Sapra, 11/27/2020,