Transferring a Person

Tips to Help Caregivers Move or Transfer a Loved One with Mobility Limitations

  • Learn proper body mechanics. Ask for a physical therapy referral from your physician to teach you how to use your body so you don’t get hurt.
  • Save your back. If you feel a strain, get help; don’t do it alone. This is for your safety and for the safety of the person you are trying to move. If you hurt your back, you aren’t going to be able to care for someone else.

Caregivers Count Too! Section 4: Selected Annotated Bibliography for Caregiver Assessment

This annotated bibliography includes brief summaries of 48 publications (journal articles, book chapters, monographs) concerning the assessment of family and informal caregivers of older persons and adults with disabilities. The following references are provided for background information on the rationale for implementing caregiver assessment in care settings; the use of this approach to enhance practice; and the issues and challenges in assessing family care.

Caregivers Count Too! Section 4: FCA Resources on Caregiver Assessment

Caregivers Count Too! Section 4: Examples of Caregiver Assessment Tools

The publications below are available as a downloadable PDF document. To view and print this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is available as a free download by clicking here.

Caregivers Count Too! Section 4: Next Steps

Now it’s up to you to take action. We hope that we’ve convinced you about the central importance of incorporating family caregivers, and an assessment of their own needs, into your everyday practice. We also hope that we’ve given you the basic tools and strategies to create and implement a caregiver assessment approach that works in your practice setting.

Caregivers Count Too! Section 3: Fundamental Principles for Caregiver Assessment

Fundamental Principles for Caregiver Assessment

The National Consensus Development Conference for Caregiver Assessment produced seven fundamental principles to guide caregiver assessment policy and practices:

1. Because family caregivers are a core part of health care and long-term care, it is important to recognize, respect, assess and address their needs.

Caregivers Count Too! Section 3: Where Should a Family Caregiver Assessment Take Place?


Caregivers Count Too! Section 3: When Should a Family Caregiver Assessment Happen?

When Should Assessment Happen?

As early as possible:

Data Sources for Statistics

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2000). Long-term Care Users Range in Age and Most do not Live in Nursing Homes: Research Alert. Rockville, MD: Author.

Caregivers Count Too! - Section 3: The Nuts & Bolts of Caregiver Assessment

Once you have your program purpose in clear focus and know how you hope to use the information gathered by the caregiver assessment process, you are ready to tackle the details.  It is important to keep in mind that assessment is not an end point. Rather, it should empower family caregivers to make in-formed decisions and link caregivers with community services. The “nuts & bolts” of caregiver assessment are contained in five questions. We’ll take you through them, one by one. The questions are:


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