IADL Scale by Lawton and Brody

The IADL Scale by Lawton and Brody is now available in HeadApp Professional.

IADL is the abbreviation for “instrumental activities of daily living”.


The IADL Scale by Lawton and Brody is a method to measure the everyday expertise of geriatric patients (Geriatric Assessment) based on the ADL Score. It measures 8 central, instrumental activities of daily living:

  • phoning
  • shopping
  • cooking
  • housekeeping
  • doing laundry
  • using means of transport
  • taking medication
  • dealing with financial transactions

After the therapist has filled in the questionnaire, a score between 0 and 8 results for the patient.

0 = entirely dependent on the support of others

8 = necessary activities of daily living can be coped with

The score can be used for all people aged 65+ and for patients in the geriatrics, after stroke or TBI.

A measurement can only be repeated every three months in order to document the course of therapy.