I have received comments asking where to find a caregiver assessment. I have crafted an assessment tool for geriatric care managers. The assessment is included the chapter on caregiver assessment in my book Care Manager’s Working With The Aging Family and is crafted into an entire service or product in My Geriatric Care Management Operations Manual
In general, research into caregiver assessment tells us that they should be tailored to the care giving context, service setting and the program. There is no single protocol for all caregiver assessments. The National Center on Care Giving at Family Caregiver Alliance has suggested that no one approach is optimal in all care settings and situations. I have devised a geriatric care manager caregiver assessment tool that you can be free to alter as you see fit.
A geriatric care manager or aging professional can also use the Stress and Appraisal Coping Framework, suggested by Barbara and Carmen Morano in their excellent article on caregiver assessment in the GCM Journal , Winter/ Spring 2007, as another excellent caregiver assessment tool for family caregivers.
All are good choices for care manager’s to begin assessing beleaguered and long neglected family caregivers.
We are all gathered at the edge of this new world of assessing caregivers and can use thee resources as a starting place.