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QOD 63: Activities of Daily Living (Fundamentals/Basic Care and Comfort)

Question:

A nurse is assessing a patient who is being admitted to the long-term care facility where she works. The nurse is utilizing the Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living. Which activities would the nurse assess for when considering activities of daily living? Select all that apply.

Answer:

C. Using the toilet

D. Transferring from the bed to the chair

E. Feeding self independently

Rationale: 

The Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living is a tool a nurse may use to assess a patients abilities to perform ADLs. The tool measures ADLs, but not instrumental activities of daily living, such as paying bills or running errands. Instead, the Katz tool measures such activities as toileting, transferring, eating, and grooming.

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