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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.

Archived State-by-State Legislation

Though many states continue to face economic challenges, we applaud those that are forging ahead and working towards creating real solutions that will make real differences in the lives of caregivers. In 2003, already 19 states have introduced legislation that would either explicitly or implicitly assist caregivers. In general, the legislation listed below does not include annual appropriations measures, unless significantly new funding or program development is included in the proposal.

Songwriting Works

Songwriting Works

Songwriting Works (SW) gives elders and families access to the physical, cognitive, psycho-social and spiritual benefits of songwriting. Family caregivers join loved ones as trained professional songwriters engage participants in elder-driven evidence-based songwriting workshops held at skilled nursing, assisted living, adult day and community centers. Songwriting Works is a 2010 recipient of The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Award in the Creative Expression category.

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