Bill Gelfeld | Bethesda Magazine

Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging


Bill Gelfeld

Principal, Comfort Home Care

121 Congressional Lane, Suite 201

Rockville, MD



What is the difference between the terms ADLs and IADLs?

Among the most difficult aspects of aging is the eventual inability to perform important daily tasks.  Determining an individual’s limitations is the first step we take in thoughtfully developing a care plan that provides the appropriate amount of assistance to each client.

The two most commonly referenced groups of tasks are Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). ADLs are everyday personal-care activities that are fundamental to caring for oneself and maintaining independence. They include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility and continence. IADLs are self-care tasks that require more complex thinking and organization, such as cooking, using the telephone, taking medications, cleaning and managing money.

For more than 20 years, Comfort Home Care has been assisting our clients with safely aging in place. We invite interested seniors or their adult children to contact us to schedule a complimentary assessment with one of our Transitional Care Specialists.

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