How does the Alzheimer Functional Assessment Tool measure personal hygiene skills?

Updated: Nov 13, 2019
  • Author: Norberto Alvarez, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Hygiene maintenance is measured by the following:

  1. Able to perform all personal hygiene tasks

  2. Able to perform all personal hygiene tasks within regular routines; may show difficulty in performing tasks if routine is changed (eg, hospitalized, moved)

  3. Able to perform all personal hygiene tasks but requires occasional reminders from staff to complete the task

  4. Able to perform personal hygiene tasks but requires frequent reminders from staff to complete the task; may need staff guidance (verbal and point cues) in some parts of some tasks (ie, may forget steps); may still be proficient in one area and lose ability in another area

  5. Requires staff supervision (verbal and point cues) to complete some personal hygiene tasks and staff assistance (light, moderate physical cues) to complete others

  6. May still be able to perform some steps of some personal hygiene tasks with staff assistance but depends on staff to meet other personal hygiene needs

  7. Depends on staff to meet all personal hygiene needs


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