The Functional Living Scale – UK version (TFLSUK) is an ecologically valid, performance based measure of functional abilities with an emphasis on instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) skills. TFLSUK assesses an individual’s ability to perform a variety of tasks that support independent functioning in the community. Brief and easy to use, the measure is especially well-suited for use in assisted living and nursing home settings.
Users & Applications
TFLSUK can be used in comprehensive assessments, to support placement decisions, aid treatment planning, evaluate treatment outcomes, and monitor disease progression.
It can be administered by a variety of professionals including:
- Neuropsychologists and clinical psychologists working with all age ranges, to determine appropriate level of care
- Therapists, to evaluate changes in level of care for individuals
- Researchers in pharmaceuticals companies, to help conduct Alzheimer/dementia drug efficacy trials.
The TFLSUK covers four functional domains:
- Time – Assesses the ability to use clocks and calendars
- Money and Calculation – Assesses the ability to count money and write cheques
- Communication – Assesses the ability to prepare a snack, use a phone and phone books
- Memory – Assesses the ability to remember simple information and to take medications
Subscale cumulative percentages and an overall T-Score can be used to help determine the examinee’s ability to function independently.
- Assesses functional abilities quickly and easily
- Screens for dementia with a tool focused on skills likely to be affected by cognitive decline
- Monitors functional decline and disease progression
- Monitors treatment/drug efficacy
- Determines level of care required and adapt treatment plans
- Linked with key tools including the WAIS-IVUK and TOPFUK
The UK Project
A validation study of TFLSUK was conducted on 250 UK adults between the ages of 16 and 90.