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The C.A.R.E. Tool (2001)
The C.A.R.E. Tool is a psychosocial assessment tool to be used by home care practitioners with family caregivers to help understand Caregivers Aspirations, Realities, and Expectations (C.A.R.E). It assists practitioners in gathering information related to caregivers’ support needs and helps to identify key areas of concern. The C.A.R.E. Tool contains 10 sections: demographic information of the caregiver and care receiver, caregiving work, informal and formal support, living arrangements, other responsibilities, financial contribution, physical and emotional health, family relations, crisis and long term planning, and service support needs. The final section summarizes the caregiving situation, allowing for the identification of areas of difficulty experienced by the caregiver and key areas of concern to be addressed in the future.
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The C.A.R.E. Tool Short Version (2006)
The C.A.R.E. Tool Short Version is designed to be used by home care practitioners with family caregivers to help understand Caregivers Aspirations, Realities, and Expectations (C.A.R.E.). It assists practitioners in gathering information related to caregivers’ support needs and helps to identify key areas of concern. It contains the same 10 sections as the full C.A.R.E. Tool (2001, see bove), but with fewer questions and without user information. The Short Version was developed in response to concerns about the time required to administer the original C.A.R.E. Tool (2001).
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The Caregiver Risk Screen (2001)
The Caregiver Risk Screen is designed for use at intake by home care practitioners to assess the level at which caregivers' physical and/or emotional health may be at risk and to determine whether the care being provided is adequate. The level of risk is determined to establish the urgency of intervention. The Risk Screen contains two parts. The first section gathers socio-demographic information and information related to the context of the caregiving situation. The second section consists of twelve statements related to caregiver risk to be scored on a 4 pt scale from totally disagree to totally agree. The twelve risk areas include: physical and emotional health, ability to cope, social activities and other breaks from caregiving, relations with the care receiver and other family members, share of caregiving, and control over one’s life.
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For further information and permission to use these tools, please contact:
Nancy Guberman
uqam.ca
or
Janice Keefe
msvu.ca