HomeCare Assessment

Assessing Your HomeCare Needs

A number of options are available for finding help at home. It is often best to start by assessing both your needs as a caregiver and the needs of the person you are caring for. There are a variety of checklists to help you evaluate what types of help are needed. In general, consider the following areas:

  • Personal Care: bathing, eating, dressing, toileting
  • Household Care: cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping
  • Health Care: medication management, physician's appointments, physical therapy
  • Emotional Care: companionship, meaningful activities, conversation
Things to Think About

Values and preferences of the person receiving care:

  • Cultural background and/or language
  • Male or female caregiver
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Time of day requiring greatest need
Checklists

A number of checklists are available to help in evaluating what types of help are needed. Here are some recommended ones:

  • Needs Assessment Worksheet from Family Care America available at www.familycareamerica.com or (804) 342-2337
  • Legal and financial matters to consider when caring for an elder - Click Here
  • When is home care needed? - Click Here
  • Checklist of questions for elderly parents - Click Here