Independent Living Scales®
The ILS is a standardized, performance-based tool for assessing competence in activities necessary for independent living. It consists of a set of screening items (vision, reading, hearing, speech, signature, writing, and walking) and a further 68 items arranged according to five subscales: memory/orientation, money management, managing home and transportation, health and safety, and social adjustment. Performance on screening items is rated as “adequate” or “inadequate” but is not included in the total score. The 68 main items are scored according to competence on a 0–2 scale, with scores being summed to give five subscale scores and a total score. Two additional subscale scores (performance/information subscale and problem-solving subscale) can be derived from the same 68 items.
The ILS manual provides norms for people aged over 65 years, along with performance data from younger adults (17 years and above) with psychiatric disorders,...
References and Readings
- Loeb, P. A. (2003). The independent living scales (ILS). San Antonio: Pearson Assessment.Google Scholar