Psychosocial Assessment, which we have been following in my You Tube series along with the functional assessment, provides the foundation for all the care management that follows. Combined, the functional and the psychosocial assessments are not only critical to developing a relevant and appropriate care plan, but in fact they provide an in-depth perspective of the older adult’s quality of life. The goals of clinicians and researchers alike have moved from focusing on how long a particular intervention can extend an older adult’s life, to a more holistic approach that recognizes the importance of increasing the quality of the older adult’s life. Within the fields of social work and care management there has also been a shift from focus on assessing client deficits (impairment or disease) to a broader perspective that focuses on the strengths of clients and their family systems.
The knowledge gained from a comprehensive psychosocial assessment provides objective measurable information about the cognitive, social, psychological, spiritual, financial, and legal dimensions of the client system, as well as important subjective information about the entire client system’s coping mechanisms and relationships In the previous You Tube’s on Psychosocial assessment blogs have primarily focus on the cognitive, psychological, economic, and social dimensions In the next few blogs we will focus on assessing the potential for substance abuse, legal dimensions and elder maltreatment and how to put all the assessment data together in a care plan.