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Concept of Activities of Living from Nursing Model of Activities of Living Cheryl Christenson
Chamberlain College of Nursing

Concept of Activities of Living Model of Nursing Based on Activities of Living Roper, Logan, and Tierney (2000) describe a model of nursing based on several concepts that are applicable to all realms of nursing. It has five major concepts that are all interrelated: Activities of living, lifespan, the dependence/independence continuum, individuality in living and individualizing nursing (McEwen & Wills, 2011). This model of nursing appeals to my concept of nursing as it is patient focused and allows for individualized care of each patient in different nursing settings. The concept of activities of living is one of the core concepts of this model and will be described and applied to nursing practice in further detail.

Roper et al. describe activities of living as a complex interaction of factors that people are involved in everyday and largely performed without much conscious thought. They contribute greatly to the process of living. The ability or inability to participate in activities of living is often equated with “quality of life”. Roper et al. classified activities of living into twelve components: 1. Maintaining a safe environment

2. Communicating
3. Breathing
4. Eating and Drinking
5. Eliminating
6. Personal cleansing and dressing
7. Controlling body temperature
8. Mobilizing
9. Working and playing
10. Expressing sexuality
11. Sleeping
12. Dying

They also identified factors that influence the activities of living as physical/biological, psychological, sociocultural, environmental, and politico economical. It is through the assessment of the activities of living that the nurse implements the nursing process. The assessment of the ability to perform the activity of living or the level of inability to perform guides the nurse in the identification of actual or...
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