Caregiver assessment looks at the family system of the care provider and care receiver. The care manger needs to assess demographic information about the caregiver and the family including adult siblings where they live, and are receiver and caregiver’s relationship with the family. Does everyone get along?
It’s really good to find out bad blood in family and you get that from a genogram.
As you do this you find out the history and potential stressors in that relationship.
Why do this?
Primary caregiver’s often need support, caregiver relief and at time money to purchase care to relive them. They cannot do it alone. The care manager can coach the other siblings to offer support.
In overwhelmed caregiver Ms. Handy’s family there was a brother who had a really bad history with his Dad Mr. Wilson. Here the genogram showed the bad blood in the family. In addition, Ms. Handy was the oldest sibling, and a female so assumed all the caregiverburden.
The other sisters lived nearby and were open to respite. The care manager held a family meeting by phone and was able to gather the siblings to support Ms. Handy. The estranged brother who lived long distance was willing to pay for care for respite. This was all gathered in the caregiver assessment and psychosocial assessment on Mr. Wilson by care manager Ms. Helpmate.