The Family Caregiver Alliance identifies five main reasons for conducting a caregiver assessment and lists areas that need to be addressed. Ken Keis presents an assortment of online and hard copy tools that can be used to assess caregiver strengths and to identify areas where they could use support. I asked Ken to contribute to this issue because he approaches assessment from a “whole person” viewpoint. I believe that whole person wellness is especially important for caregivers since they are often coping with long-term stressful situations. With knowledge and experience in administering assessment tools, counselors can (a)show caregivers how to access appropriate assessment tools, (b) help caregiver clients interpret results, and (c) assist caregivers in developing strategies to apply their strengths and needs to specific caregiving situations.
Keywords: assessing caregiver strengths
Posted by Sally Gelardin @ Agingworks Educational Programs