Caregivers Count Too! - Section 3: Who Should Be Assessed?

Scenario: The Jones Family

Caregivers Count Too! - Section 3: Things to Keep in Mind . . .

Things to Keep in Mind . . .

Whenever possible, use established measures that are:

  • practical and applicable to family caregivers
  • previously applied, or could be applied, in service settings
  • reliable and valid
  • cited in the literature

(See Selected Caregiver Assessment Measures: A Resource Inventory for Practitioners in Appendix II). 

Caregivers Count Too! - Section 3: Caregiver Assessment Table


Caregiver Assessment: Information Categories, Areas to Assess and Possible Questions

Information Category

Areas to Assess

Possible Questions


Caregivers Count Too! Section 3: What Should Family Caregiver Assessments Include?

While the assessment approach needs to be tailored to your service setting and program, any caregiver assessment should:

Caregivers Count Too! Section 2: Misperceptions in the Assessment Process

Commonly held misperceptions about including family members in the assessment process stand in the way of recognizing, understanding and meeting caregivers’ needs. Some of these are:



Caregivers Count Too! Section 2: Online Resources

Family Caregiver Alliance
National Center on Caregiving

Offers comprehensive caregiving information and advice, fact sheets, reports and studies, discussion groups and newsletters for caregivers, practitioners, policymakers and researchers. In addition, a state-by-state resource guide offers a searchable database of publicly-funded caregiver support programs.
Phone: 800-445-8106

Caregivers Count Too! Section 2: Vital & Vulnerable - Defining the Family Caregiver

Who Are Family Caregivers?

An estimated 44 million Americans age 18 and older provide unpaid assistance and support to older people and adults with disabilities who live in the community. Caregivers are varied in their characteristics, yet research on this increasingly visible group reveals some themes:

Caregivers Count Too! Toolkit: Background


Establishing caregiver assessment as a basic component of practice across care settings requires a fundamental change in thinking and practice. In September 2005, the Family Caregiver Alliance’s (FCA) National Center on Caregiving convened the National Consensus Development Conference for Caregiver Assessment. The conference brought together widely recognized leaders in health and long-term care to advance policy and practice on behalf of family and informal caregivers.

Caregivers Count Too! Toolkit Purpose


Our intent with this toolkit is to build on the work of the National Consensus Development Conference and facilitate implementation of assessment of caregiver needs in service delivery settings. It is not designed to address broader policy and administrative issues involved in development and implementation of caregiver assessments.

We hope this toolkit serves to . . .

Caregivers Count Too! - Section 4


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