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Webinar: Caregiver Assessment I – Why and What Should We Assess?

This webinar took place on June 20, 2012. It is Part 1 of a 2-part series.

As a follow-up to the Caregivers Count Too! report prepared by the National Center on Caregiving of Family Caregiver Alliance, this is the first of two webinars which focus on the importance of the caregiver assessment as an instrument and a process to better identify caregivers’ needs and form the foundation for an appropriate plan of care.

The session covered:

  • Who, What, Why, When, Where and How Aspects of Assessments;
  • Relevant Assessment Domains;
  • Voice From the Field: A Family Consultant’s Perspective; and
  • Updates on Caregiver Assessment Instruments – Where Do We Go From Here?

Carol J. Whitlatch, PhD, is Assistant Director of the Margaret Blenkner Research Institute of The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Whitlatch has been PI or Co-PI on a variety of federal and foundation grants examining family caregiver interventions, health care choice and decision making in families with chronic conditions and dementia, and autonomy and functioning in diverse caregiving families. She holds adjunct appointments at Case Western Reserve University at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and as Associate Professor of Sociology. Dr. Whitlatch is Associate Editor of Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, and on the Editorial Boards of Generations and Aging & Mental Health.

Christina Irving, LCSW, is a Family Consultant with the Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center in San Francisco, California. She received her Master of Social Work degree from San Jose State University. She has been with Family Caregiver Alliance for 6 years, conducting in-home, caregiver assessments, teaching classes, making presentation on topics which include understanding dementia and self-care, and providing individual, supportive counseling to family caregivers in their various caregiving roles.

For more information, contact FCA’s Education Coordinator at (800) 445-8106.