One trigger for a GCM to do a caregiver assessment is intake, when you start services with the client . If the family caregiver is in burnout, this is an emergency. But generally, the caregiver should be assessed after the GCM has fully assessed the care receiver. All services should be in place for the care receiver initially because the caregiver will usually be totally focused on the care receiver and unwilling to be distracted to concentrate on their own problems. In a second visit the GCM can then assess the caregiver.
Another trigger is hospitalization. The older client will be discharged with a new care plan that night involve, injection tiring to prevent bed sores, new medical equipment like a Hoyer life or asking the family caregiver to give care they have absolutely no training for. Or the care might be onerous to the caregiver, like bathing a mother when you are a son. This triggers a family caregiver assessment when the care receiver is in the hospital. Perhaps another adult child needs to do they care or paid caregivers are needs
Another trigger might be an injury of a caregiver without hospitalization. What if they fall shoveling snow in a blizzard like the one about to hit the east coast and can’t help with ADLS for a few days. This should trigger a caregiver assessment. Good luck to any caregiver in any emergency l Blizzard Stormageddon