- Bathing means washing yourself with or without the aid of assistive devices in a bathtub or shower, including getting in and out of the bathtub or shower, or by sponge bath. Bathing doesn’t include the ability to reach and wash the back or feet.
- Dressing means putting on, taking off, fastening and unfastening, with or without the aid of assistive devices: clothing, and medically necessary braces or artificial limbs. You’re not dependent for dressing if reasonable alterations to or changes in the clothing you usually wear would let you dress yourself without substantial physical assistance.
- Toileting means getting to and from and on and off the toilet, with or without the aid of assistive devices, and performing associated personal hygiene.
- Transferring means moving into or out of a bed, chair or wheelchair, with or without the aid of assistive devices.
- Continence means the ability to control both bladder and bowel functions, or maintain a reasonable level of personal hygiene (including caring for catheter or colostomy bag) when not able to control bowel or bladder functions.
- Feeding means the ability to get food into your body, with or without the aid of assistive devices, through your mouth, or by feeding tube. Feeding does not include cooking or preparing a meal.
What is an assistive device?
Assistive devices are aids that can be used to improve your functioning. If using an assistive device allows you to perform an activity of daily living safely and completely, you’re not dependent for that activity. Assistive devices include: adjustable beds, buttonhooks, canes, crutches, grab bars, handheld showerheads, bath brushes, seat lifts, transfer benches, walkers and wheelchairs.