What do caregivers of stroke survivors consider as activities of daily living: a qualitative interview and a descriptive survey?

 Background. Stroke can result in the loss of activities of daily living (ADL). When caregivers focus on improving ADL, better outcome can result. However, what is con­sidered as activities of daily living may differ between one culture and another, and between one country and the other.

Aim. The aim of the present study is to explore what caregivers of stroke survivors consider as ADL.

Findings. The caregivers consider in addition to the activities in the existing ADL scales, activities such as looking after kids, seeking for knowledge and Muslim prayer and ablution as parts of ADL.

Conclusion. It is important that rehabilitation programs after stroke consider what the patients and their caregivers consider as ADL.