Discussing Activities of Daily Life (ADLs)
We ask patients about their daily life because this affects how they comply with therapy and communicate with their care team.
Sometimes a patient may have trouble coping with their daily routine, for example, after surgery or if they have dizziness, severe pain or dementia.
There are many collocations and idioms in talking about ADLs, for example
We conjugate the verb at the start of the expression (go, take, get, do, make). The rest of the expression does not change.
a) Simple present
b) Present progressive
c) Simple past
d) Future (‘will’)
See Appendix 5.5 for “Activities of Daily Life collocations”.
get out of bed OR get up
take a shower
take a bath
get a meal OR get something to eat
make a meal
do house work OR do chores
go shopping OR do grocery shopping
go for a walk
go to work
get some exercise OR do exercise
go to bed
Practice repeating ALOUD each example sentence in the lesson J (ADLs). Focus on the common collocations, RUNNING THEM TOGETHER until they flow smoothly and naturally as ONE EXPRESSION. The collocations are underlined.