Where Do You Do A Caregiver Assessment?
Caregiver assessment is best done in the care receiver’s home so you can actually observe the care. It is best completed out of earshot of the older person who is cared for so the caregiver can feel free to talk openly. As caregivers suffer high levels of stress, giving them a separate space to share their feelings is an important part of the caregiver assessment. However, the caregiver assessment should be done in a place that is convenient to the caregiver, which could be a donut shop, the home, or any comfortable venue. If to do the caregiver assessment the GCM must arrange respite, like bringing in another family member or paid caregiver, then that is another way to make this assessment go forward.
How Will A Genogram Help A Caregiver Assessment?
A genogram also helps the GCM assess whether any extended family and friends will make suitable and emotionally appropriate caregivers or not. For example, if a son has a historically strained relationship with his father, is he a good choice as a caregiver? The genogram helps to assess this old family tension and helps the GCM decide with the family as to who can really be good caregivers.
How Does a Psychosocial Assessment Bolster a Caregiver Assessment?
In addition, a psychosocial assessment, done at intake or updated as more care is needed, assesses key abilities and availability of the extended network of family caregivers. The psychosocial assessment illuminates the client’s financial status, including income, assets, benefits currently being received, health and long-term care insurance coverage, and eligibility or potential eligibility for entitlement programs. This information helps the GCM assess whether outside paid care providers can be afforded if needed to replace a family caregiver. The psychosocial assessment also tells about the family, formal and informal support networks, present and potential caregivers, and cultural variables.
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