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Webinar: Caregiver Assessment II – Practice Considerations for System Change

(Part 2 of a 2-part series)

This webinar took place on August 23, 2012.

The session covered:

  1. The identification of key challenges in expanding assessment to include the caregiver as well as the care recipient
  2. The challenges of balancing needs, using clinical judgment, and administering a structured caregiver assessment
  3. Addressing practical issues in the administration of caregiver assessment tools (e.g., privacy, addressing caregiver resistance, and multiple response set)
  4. Voice From the Field: A Family Consultant’s Perspective
  5. The challenges of moving toward outcome-driven assessments in the larger system

David W. Coon, Ph.D., is Associate Vice Provost for Health Solutions, and Professor and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Faculty in the College of Nursing & Health Innovation at Arizona State University. In the past, Dr. Coon served as the Associate Director of the Older Adult & Family Center of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine and Research Scientist at UCSF/Mt. Zion Institute on Aging in San Francisco. He has directed several intervention projects focused on midlife and older adults and family caregivers, with an emphasis on programs serving diverse populations. Dr. Coon’s work has been funded through federal, state, and foundation grants. His work appears in variety of scientific journals including The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, The Gerontologist, the American Journal of Psychiatry; and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He also served as the lead editor of Innovative Interventions to Reduce Dementia Caregiver Distress and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Jo T. McCord, is a Family Consultant with the Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) in San Francisco, CA. She received her Master of Arts in Gerontology degree from San Francisco State University. She has been with Family Caregiver Alliance for 13 years, conducting in-home, caregiver assessments, teaching classes, making presentations on topics which include understanding dementia and self-care, and providing individual, supportive counseling to family caregivers in their various caregiving roles.