IADLS (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living) Nursing Mnemonic



  • S-Shopping
  • C-Cooking and Cleaning
  • U-Using telephone or transportation
  • M-Managing money and medications


The instrumental activities of daily living are used to determine a patient’s ability to carry out necessary functions for independent living. If they are unable to manage the activities below, they will likely require some sort of assistance from family or a home health agency, etc.

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