evaluate the person

Elderly man loading his dishwasher independently

evaluate the person

An evaluation of the person is a detailed look at what is promoting or preventing the person’s safety, independence, health, and wellness. 

This evaluation is completed by a mobile outpatient Occupational Therapist who comes to you! It is not a home health evaluation. It is designed for the person who may not be “homebound,” but at the same time is not quite ready to receive services in an outpatient environment.

comprehensive evaluation

Evaluation of the person is comprehensive. We evaluate multiple areas and their effects on safety, activities of daily living (ADL), and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL). The occupational therapy evaluation will include assessment of the following:

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) – activities focused on caring for one’s own body and completing that on a routine basis

  • bathing (including related transfers)
  • dressing
  • personal grooming
  • toileting (including hygiene & safe transfers)
  • mobility and transfers
  • sexual activity
Elderly woman washing vegetables at the sink

Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) – activities that support life in the home and in the community

  • Care of others (many parents are still providing care for adult children or grandchildren or are the primary caregiver for a spouse with declining health)
    • Care of pets
    • Child rearing
  • Communication management
  • Financial management
  • Home management
  • Meal preparation and clean up
  • Safety and emergency maintenance
  • Shopping
  • Social and emotional health promotion
  • Prescription management
  • Health & well-being promotion
  • Education
  • Work
  • Play
  • Leisure
  • Social participation

Activities are assessed based on the effects on the person’s body functions, bodily structures and systems, as well as the person’s lifestyle.

body functions

  • neuromuscular
  • sensory
  • visual
  • perceptual
  • cognitive

bodily systems

  • cardiovascular
  • digestive
  • integumentary (skin, hair, nails)
  • genital/urinary


  • habits
  • routines
  • roles
  • behavior patterns
  • cultural influences
  • physical contexts
  • environmental contexts
  • social contexts
  • spiritual contexts
  • activity demands that affect performance