How do you connect aging client assessments? For example, if you find through your functional assessment that the client’s clothes are dirty and they are not bathing, start with self care deficit in your care plan then list that manifestation of the problem. If you find your caregiver assessment that the family caregiver is depressed and angry and is on the edge of placing the older person even if they are at the level of care- start with caregiver burnout and then list the manifestation of that burnout. You have then connected two different assessments.
Frequently, many older clients have similar deficits as they age. Most care plans will include one or more of these problems, and it is good to incorporate this list into your psychosocial and functional assessment tools. These can become a pick list you can add to the beginning of your care plan because many of them will appear in your care plan.
As a GCM or aging professional , you should start your care plan with the problem you were asked to solve initially. Why was your agency called in? For example, was the client very dirty and unable to shower alone when the out-of-town son visited? Start there. This becomes your first problem in your care plan. Always start with the initial presenting problem.