We are still covering a functional assessment, which is part of a geriatric assessment Aging professionals, among them geriatric care managers do this assessment to help older person continue to function in his environment ( stay at level of care)
A functional assessment also evaluates the quality of care – help get right amount of care in home is example
We have been covering Instrumental Activities of Daily living (IADL’s ) . These activities that an older person needs to survive in a community environment
IADL’s have three major areas. One is
–Household chores: cooking, cleaning, shopping, transporting (using bus). Today we are going to cover shopping.
Is the older person able to assess needs for supplies and plan and execute shopping excursions independently? What type and level of help are needed if the older person cannot do these tasks alone? Asking the person questions about who does the shopping and having the person describe his or her last shopping trip can give information useful for care planning. Some persons may have difficulty carrying grocery bags but be able to make a shopping list and drive to the store. Others may have cognitive problems that interfere with the ability to survey needs, make a list, find the items in the store, and pay accurate amounts at the checkout counter. Other persons may have ambulation difficulties or low stamina as a result of a heart condition, for example, which precludes the person from walking up and down grocery aisles or going to the mall to buy clothing.
If you as an aging professional or geriatric care manager assess shopping ability as part of IADL’s then you will have to come up with solutions in the forms of a care plan. Here are some suggestions that you might add to that care plan.