How do you combine assessments? Let’s again take a caregiver assessment and functional assessment. In your functional assessment you have found the older client has a self-care deficit. They have a family caregiver yet their clothes are dirty and they are not being bathed on a regular basis. When you do your caregiver assessment you find that the family caregiver, the aging spouse, is not only depressed but also burnt out. They have been caring for the husband for 7 months are exhausted and skipped critical care giving tasks. Adult children are aware of this and called you, the geriatric care manager or aging professional, to do a geriatric assessment. You can list both older client self-care deficit, caregiver burnout and need for informal support (the adult children) as problems in your care plan. You can also list need for formal support –(a caregiver support group, a private duty home care agency) as a problems in your care plan. You are calling attention multiple main problems – why they need a caregiver, the problems with the caregiver and extended family in a brief, through, and connected list in your care plan. This is just what you need in a care plan under problems. You have derived the problems from two separate assessments yet connected them in the care plan.