Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Assessing Caregiver Strengths

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Assessing Caregiver Strengths

Article excerpt

The Family Caregiver Alliance identifies five main reasons for conducting a caregiver assessment and lists areas that need to be addressed. Ken Keis presents an assortment of online and hard copy tools that can be used to assess caregiver strengths and to identify areas where they could use support. I asked Ken to contribute to this issue because he approaches assessment from a whole person viewpoint. I believe that whole person wellness is especially important for caregivers since they are often coping with long-term stressful situations. With knowledge and experience in administering assessment tools, counselors can show caregivers how to access appropriate assessment tools, help caregiver clients interpret results, and assist caregivers in developing strategies to apply their strengths and needs to specific caregiving situations. The National Center on Caregiving at the Family Caregiver Alliance identifies the following reasons for conducting a caregiver assessment:

1. To identify the primary caregiver and other informal caregivers.

2. To improve caregiver understanding of the role and what abilities are needed to carry out tasks.

3. To understand the caregiving situation-including service needs, unresolved problems, and potential risks-in order to meet the needs of the caregiver.

4. To identify services available for the caregiver and provide appropriate and timely referral for services.

5. To determine the care recipient's eligibility for services that also help the caregiver. …

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